Parents need convincing...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Rosypetals, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Rosypetals

    Rosypetals Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I’m trying to convince my parents to let me get chickens. I have already saved up enough to get them, we have enough space in our backyard, and I have a lizard and three fish that I never neglect. I have brought in past experiences to convince them, but they are still thinking about it. The main worry for my mom is that we go on vacations a lot, most of the time for 2-3 weeks. The problem for my Dad is that he thinks that he will end up having to do it, once the excitement wears off. I’m thirteen and I have plenty of time before and after school that I am willing to give up. Any suggestions on how to change their minds? I’m also wondering what the best breeds are. I’m thinking I might get 6-7 chickens, mostly for eggs. I want a variety but also numbers. Any other suggestions?
     
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  2. Chicken Boy 101

    Chicken Boy 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tell them your per will make them breakfast and you could just get a large feeder and waterer that would be good for vacations. And for egg production get white leghorns rhode island reds and wyandottes.
     
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  3. Rosypetals

    Rosypetals Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Any ideas on a good hatchery where I can order less than ten chicks, but get a garaunteed survival?
     
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  4. Welshies

    Welshies Overrun With Chickens

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    First off, listen to your parents :) They have a lifetime of experience and their concerns are valid. However, I totally understand where you are coming from, so try to be mature and negotiate with them. Explain why chickens are a good idea, and plan ahead. Consider:
    • Why you want chickens, and why they are good. You want them for eggs- explain how much tastier and healthier home-raised eggs are.
    • How easy they are to care for- at my farm, my 10 chickens take half an hour per day to care for. That includes letting them in and out to free range. Go over this with your parents. Tell them what kind of care chickens require.
    • Costs- consider that you'll not only need to buy or build a coop, but that you'll need to pay $20/month average for feed, and consider the cost of the equipment you'll need, as well as bedding.
    • What coop you want- tell them the space requirements of chickens. Consider predators in your area so you can decide if they'll have a run area or roam the backyard. Decide if you want to build a coop or buy one. Note that already built (prefab) coops are often small, lack ventilation, and somewhat flimsy.
    • A rooster- Are you planning on a rooster? Are you allowed to have one? What will you do if you raise up some babies and get some roosters? Sell them? Eat them?
    • Local laws- make sure you actually can have chickens, and what kinds of laws there are on them, in your neighbourhood.
    • Have a backup plan- if you don't like chickens, will you sell the coop and chickens? Eat them? What about if you have to go away? Will you have someone that can come look after them so your parents don't have to?

    You want breeds that have variety. You could consider ordering a "barnyard mix" from a hatchery, although shipping can be expensive. Look for local breeders or feed stores that sell chicks. You might like Easter Eggers, who can be any color and lay blue, pink, green, white and brown eggs. Orpingtons can be any color and are very pretty.
    Wyandottes are docile, very gentle, pretty, and great layers.
    You might like Sussex or Cochin, as well.
     
  5. Welshies

    Welshies Overrun With Chickens

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    There is never "guaranteed survival", unfortunately :( So, maybe order 10 chicks and have a plan for the extras, or order 6 and be prepared to only end up with a couple of pullets, unless you buy them sexed.
     
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  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

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    I'm not going to encourage you to go against your parents here. But you need to have a plan. You said you have money saved up to get chickens, but what about a coop for them? And a feeder and waterer, feed and bedding. Depending on the coop you have for them, you may need to scoop it out every day to keep it clean. Ten chickens is a lot for a backyard flock if you are in a city. You'll need a pretty good sized coop for ten chickens How do you plan to protect them from predators? Raccoons, owls, hawks. fox and coyotes all live in cities.

    You will need to hire someone to take care of them if you are going to be gone for 2-3 weeks at a time on vacation. You really shouldn't be leaving them unattended for that amount of time What if one gets hurt? What if they run out of food or water? Maybe you can trade them a little cash and all the fresh eggs they collect while you are gone.

    I am not trying to be "mean" to you. I love that you want to get chickens. It's a great hobby! I just want you to realize that it's more than just getting the birds. That's the cheap part of the hobby.
     
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  7. Welshies

    Welshies Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes! Exactly!
    For example-
    • Chickens need 4 square feet of space per bird in the coop. You'd need a 40 square foot coop for 10 birds.
    • A feeder costs anywhere from $15 to $100
    • Bedding costs $5/month all the way up to $40/year
    • Waterers cost $20-$100
    • A prefab coop can cost $150 to $500.
     
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  8. SueT

    SueT Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi Rosypetals, I hope they let you get chickens...but being gone 2 -3 weeks is just NOT going to work to leave them unattended...do you have a friend/neighbor who could babysit them?
    What are you thinking about doing for a coop or do you have one already?

    Do you have a feed store in your town where you would be able to buy chicks? That would save the trauma and expense of sending chicks through the mail.
    Good luck...let us know how it goes!
     
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  9. HenOnAJuneBug

    HenOnAJuneBug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The 2-3 week absences seem pretty problematic. Chickens are nothing like fish and lizards.
     
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  10. Welshies

    Welshies Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed. Even when I leave for four days someone checks on my poultry every day. The only time I'll be leaving them longer than a week is this summer for 2 weeks.
     
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