Reno, NV - Looking forward to becoming new chicken parents once relocate to Reno Feb. 2018

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by toppats, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. toppats

    toppats Hatching

    Mar 21, 2017
    Hi everyone! My husband and I are retiring and relocating to Reno, NV, in February 2018. We want chickens! Having never been chicken parents, we will be educating ourselves on what we need to know. Our goal is a few chickens, no roosters, for pets and eggs. Anything you think may help, educate or caution us, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, toppats, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our flock! That's exciting - both the move and acquiring chickens!! I think the first thing you should do for your poultry education is read up on the many awesome articles in the Learning Center here:
    They will get you up to speed and ready to go when the time comes. Also, locate the NV thread in the link below and chat with some locals about the ins and outs of keeping chickens in that part of the world:
    I think you will want a breed that does well in the heat. Keeping that in mind, know that chickens handle cold better than heat. Large combs dissipate heat well. You can explore the attributes of various varieties in the Breeds Section here:
    Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC and enjoy your poultry adventure!!! [​IMG]
  3. DeYoungs

    DeYoungs In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2017
  4. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello, and welcome to BYC! I am quite glad you joined us, please make yourself at home, I think you are going to like it here! :frow

  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under toppats [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received links to great starting points, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock when they arrive, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]

  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  7. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    It's nice to have you here! You have lots of exciting things to look forward to with the upcoming retirement, move and chickens.

    Read up on coops before you get your chicks (they start out small but quickly grow). Dual purpose egg layers will need approximately 4 sq. feet per bird in the coop and 10 sq. feet per bird in the run. Remember it's better to err on the side of being too large rather than too small (crowded chickens get cranky). Also, remember to make it tall enough you can stand up inside, that will make it easier for you.

    You can get ideas for coops here:

    And ask questions about coops & runs here:

    Best of luck to you!
  8. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

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