No Chickens Yet!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by HVernier84, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. HVernier84

    HVernier84 Hatching

    Oct 25, 2013
    Wake Forest, NC
    Hello everyone, my name is Heather! I am 29 and recently married 6 months ago. My hubby and I purchased our first home 3 months ago in Wake Forest, NC and even though I have never had chickens, one of the stipulations when we were house hunting was that it HAD to be in an area where chickens were allowed, and with a yard big enough for them to enjoy.

    I don't really know how I got this chicken notion in my head since I have never had chickens! My only experience with them was when I was about 10 or 11 at the farm where I rode my horse. I used to sit in front of the chicken run tossing grass in for them to eat. I always thought they were interesting animals lol. That is the extent of my chicken experience and I would say my knowledge of them is minimal at best.

    My main goal of having chickens is as a compliment to our vegetable garden that we will be starting in the spring. I have heard tell that they are great at eating the backyard pests and their poop is awesome for composting and fertilizer. The fact that they are adorable and birth food for us to eat is an added bonus!

    Right now I am just doing a LOT of research and we are planning to build our coop in the coming months before we get our chicks around March. We do live in an area with lots of wildlife so I am trying to find out everything I can about how to make this coop iron-clad so no predators will have them for lunch! I am also researching everything I can about their behavior, nutritional needs, and looking into which breeds will be the best match for us. I think we will start with three hens and see how it goes.

    All my friends think I have lost my mind. I feel a little alone in this venture (the hubby is just going along with the idea, but is not that enthused about it) so I joined this message board so hopefully I can chat with some experienced like-minded folks! See ya around! :)
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  2. salkxsj

    salkxsj Chirping

    Jun 12, 2013
    San Diego
    welcome to BYC; Just make it big enough to walk into too clean, and dig 2 to 3 feet down and pest proof it under your coop and you will be fine. and research what kind of chickens you like to raise. GOOD LUCK! FROM SAN DIEGO
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  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Have a browse through the Learning Center. There are articles on raising chicks, gardening with and around chickens, composting with chickens, flock maintenance and chicken health, predators and pests and how to protect your flock and much more. To help you choose a breed (or breeds) browse through the Breeds and the Coops section for designs and plans for your chicken coop. If you have time between all the chicken prepping, pop in at our sister site, for some gardening chat. Enjoy the site!
  4. petrel

    petrel Chats with Chickens

    Congratulations on your marriage! Be sure to make your coop big enough so your husband can get in there and help with the flock too!

    Remember that there is a fine line between chicken hobbyist and crazy chicken person. I crossed it before I'd even finished filling my shopping cart at the hatchery. Welcome to BYC. Best of luck.
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  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    While chickens and gardens compliment each other well, if you expect to have the garden thrive you should plan on fencing the chickens out - they will decimate a vegetable garden if allowed to roam in it.

  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC!
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  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG] Happy you joined us!
  8. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
  9. Frankie Ruiz

    Frankie Ruiz Chirping

    Oct 19, 2013
    Long Island, New York
    [​IMG] if looking at egg laying breeds. id say give the red sex links a go. theyre egg laying machines and also have the sweetest personalities, theyre great for beginners! theyre a brown egg layer

  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] give your hubby a chance. A lot of husbands feel differently once they see little chicks running around, and then chickens become THEIR project.

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