Starting the backyard chicken journey

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sahminaz, May 4, 2009.

  1. sahminaz

    sahminaz Out Of The Brooder

    May 3, 2009
    Hi everyone. My name is jessica, mother to 3 children. I live in arizona. I am just starting out. I have researched quite a bit, but i am still trying to decide what kind of chicks i should start out with. We live in a surburban area, but have a large lot. I look forward to learning from you all, and sharing my journey.

  2. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row

    Welcome! This is an awesome place to start. I didn't know what breeds to get, so I got an assortment!
  3. DawnSuiter

    DawnSuiter Chillin' With My Peeps


    Hi Jessica, you've come to the right place! Choosing the right chickens can take a little time sometimes, but the more flexible you are the better. If you are flexible, may I suggest trying a few chicks of a few breeds that you like? You can grow them up and that can help you figure out which type might be best, or cutest or easiest for you.

    Seems rarely anyone has trouble selling thier extra birds here on BYC or even on Craigslist. I worried a lot about extras in the beginning, but none have ever been for sale for more than a couple of weeks before someone collected them.

    Welcome, see you around!
  4. k2chickens

    k2chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    New Castle, Indiana
    [​IMG] Good luck in your search for the right chicks but you will find all the help you need on this website to find the perfect chick your looking for!
  5. insiderart

    insiderart Obviously Insane

    Apr 30, 2009
    Hi from Arkansas! I'm a newbie too....
  6. sahminaz

    sahminaz Out Of The Brooder

    May 3, 2009
    Polish - Standard - Buff Laced
    Plymouth Rock - Bantam - Barred
    d'Uccle - Bantam - Mille Fleur
    Silkie - Bantam - Partridge
    Silkie - Bantam - White

    that is what is in my shopping cart. They are so much more expensive to get female chicks though. I thought you couldn't sex silkies until much later. How do they sell day old chicks as females then? My husband only wants silkies. I just worry if they will good enough layers.
  7. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  8. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    Hi and a huge welcome to you from over the pond..... life can only get better when you have chickens..... addiction starts now........

    I only have one silkie in my 80+ flock.... shes more broody chicken than a layer.... they make great mothers.... if you going for bantams.... have a look at the Pekin Bantam...they are adorable and sweet natured..... silkies can be "evil"
  9. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
    [​IMG] from North Carolina![​IMG]
    Good luck on your new adventure! You are going to love it, and BYC!!!
  10. melissastraka

    melissastraka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Hoquiam, WA
    Welcome to the most addicting thing you will ever do!

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