So new I don't even have Chickens!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bird-isthe-word, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Bird-isthe-word

    Bird-isthe-word New Egg

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    Good Morning! My name is Jackie and I live in Brainerd MN. I am looking into getting about 3 chickens to have for eggs and pets. Right now I have tasked my husband with building a coop, from a design I found on this site (Thank you!) I am going to an auction Sat, and if not there, will soon start my search for 3 little hens. Being a newbie, I am hoping for a little older hens, like 4-6 months. Later on, I may try to raise little peeps. Baby steps! I have a feeling I will be on this Forum a lot, and also plan on buying some kind of a reference book. Thanks for reading!!
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hi Jackie, and welcome to BYC from Ohio! We've all started with no chickens! LOL Sounds like you're getting all prepared.

    I would like to recommend you get chicks. That's because you can raise them up to be very tame and friendly, and you'll enjoy them much more.

    I've purchased started pullets, and also chicks, and I'm always happiest with the chicks, and truly, if you're prepared, they're very easy to raise.

    Anyhow, that's just my humble opinion, and I hope you really enjoy your hens! I know you will!

    Take care,
    Sharon
     
  3. Bird-isthe-word

    Bird-isthe-word New Egg

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    Thanks for the message! Very good point, chicks would be a fun experience, and would also help if my husband drags his feet building the coop!! Plus I really do want nice, friendly chickens. Is this a good time to start chicks? I just don't want to only start getting eggs when the weather starts to get cold!
     
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  4. kinsey228

    kinsey228 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Hello from Maine ! If you're looking to have them as pets too, Wyandottes and Orpingtons are very friendly, but on the large side, and come in so many colors. Mutts are just as good too ! You'll love this site. It has so much information on just about everything.
     
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  6. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Springtime is the perfect time to get your chicks. They will begin laying in appx 20 to 25 weeks, depending on the breed. Some even start at 17 weeks. You're absolutely right, if you get chicks now, then your hubby will have time to get that coop built for you.
     
  7. Bird-isthe-word

    Bird-isthe-word New Egg

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    Kinsey 228, Thanks for the post! Also, I see you are a Veteran, thank you for your service!
     
  8. kinsey228

    kinsey228 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] This site has been invaluable for my flock and I. I hope you find it as useful as I have.
     
  9. Aeropennchick

    Aeropennchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi and welcome! I just started as well, and I have (among others) pair of buff orpington chicks that are the friendliest of the bunch, and winter hardy - but they mature a bit slower than some of the other breeds. The red pullets I got from the TSC are mixed breeds, bred for good egg laying, and they are also very friendly. They will most probably give me my first egg.

    Whichever ones you choose, I also recommend getting them from chicks if you intend to have them as pets/layers - if you get them when they are already a few months old, you might not be able to develop as much of a bond. Plus they are super cute!

    Good luck and have fun!
     
  10. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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