Newbie from MI

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CindyP, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. CindyP

    CindyP Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 12, 2009
    Hart, MI
    Hello, all!

    I'm a newbie to chickens period! I discovered yesterday I can actually have chickens where I live. I was directed to this site from a friend on another blog. I live in a small town, where I live on the very edge. On the north, south, and west I have neighbors (close) and the east side is country.

    I want to build a small coop attached to the backside of the shed with a yard beyond that. I plan to have maybe 6-8 laying hens only, I just want pets that can provide eggs for us (2) and my mother.

    We also have 2 grandchildren (and another due in September) who will love the chickens!! As I've been looking in the last 12 hours there are many different breeds that have many different personalities and laying personalities as well!! I have absorbed alot of information in these past 12 hours!! (Well, I did sleep in there, too!!)

    But as perusing the vast amount of information, I believe I should start this endeavor by building my coop and yard, then buy hens that are ready to start laying?

    I look forward to learning much about my latest addiction........ :wave:
  2. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
  3. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY

    Personally I prefer to get chicks and raise them to adults.
  4. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  5. wingnut1

    wingnut1 Crazy Bird Lady

    Hi CindyP! And [​IMG]

    I've experienced both -- getting an adult chicken that is ready to lay eggs, and raising them from day old chicks. Chicks take a fair amount of time when they are young, but BOY are they fun! Adorable little critters! [​IMG] It is also great to be able to rehome a chicken that needs a new place to lay her eggs.

    You've come to a great site! The people are nice, and they are generous with their knowledge! We're happy to have you here! Enjoy! [​IMG]
  6. CindyP

    CindyP Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 12, 2009
    Hart, MI
    Thank you everyone for the great welcome!! I am learning so much here already just reading through a ton of forums. Gives a great read........ [​IMG]
  7. abbachick

    abbachick Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 12, 2009
    Wilson, North Carolina
    I have dominiques, and the hens are great with kids. They have a reputation of being one of the most docile chickens and we love 'em!
  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Glad to have you with us WELCOME!!!!

  9. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
  10. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    [​IMG] from another Michigander!! [​IMG]

    Glad to have you here! [​IMG]

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