tons of newbie questions in AZ

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by demonica29, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. demonica29

    demonica29 New Egg

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    hi, i'm monica. born and raised a city kid, recently spent time living on a ranch 17 mile out into the high desert and got a taste for the "crunchy granola, tree hugger" lifestyle. now i'm back in the phoenix metropolitan are, i'm in a town that was all cows and farms just a few years ago so having chickens is not a problem.

    my time on the ranch gave me a love of fresh. we grew all our own produce in a greenhouse and although we didn't have chickens, theough purchasing fresh eggs, i have discovered the wonder of them.

    so here's my questions, stupid though some of them might seem, i am totally new to this. first, in my house there are 3 adults and an 18 month old, my mom lives 3 miles away. how many chickens do we need to provide eggs for us? second, i have a gianormous backyard, all covered in gravel, no landscaping, no nothing. i am in the process of setting up some raised planters to get my veggies growing again. will i need to keep the chickens away from the veggies? which is better, fencing the chickens or the veggies? since i have a dog, i assume the chickens.

    i want chickens only, no roosters, i'm originally from boston, so brown eggs are what looks normal to me, but the blue and green eggs i have gotten fresh are really cool. egg color is low on my list of prerequisites, but all other things being equal, i prefer colored eggs. that being said, what chickens should i get? i want good layers but friendly birds are probably even more important since i have a toddler.

    and lastly, how much initial cash outlay for EVERYTHING i need to get started, so i know how long i will have to save. oh, and what exactly is everything i'll need? i have been doing research and have fallen in love with the eglu, it seems pretty complete but kinda expensive, what do y'all think?

    TIA for taking the time to help a newbie (in all ways) out!
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2009
  2. fargosmom

    fargosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Demonica! [​IMG]
    I'm newish here too so not an expert, but there's a ton to learn here if you just keep reading the threads (you don't need to sleep or work, do you? [​IMG] ). As for dogs and chickens, you always need to keep the chickens safe, so fencing them, or otherwise making a barrier to keep the dogs out, is probably your safest bet. As for the chickens and your veggies - the chickens will eat just about anything, so whatever you want reserved for your own use should probably be off-limits to the girls. Since you're in sunny AZ you probably want to look into types of chickens that do better in hot weather, I'd imagine . . . that may make your decision for you before you get to pick the egg colors. I'm sure others will have more suggestions. Oh, about the money - I think you can spend as little or as much as your imagination allows; many people here have made great coops out of recycled materials, while others (speaking, ahem, from a bit of experience) have gone a little nutso making little chicken palaces. Either way, your chickens will be happy as long as they have good food, fresh water and a nice safe place to hang out. Good luck!
     
  3. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Near San Fran Ca
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    Froma california
     
  4. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
     
  5. Mama&thePeeps

    Mama&thePeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another TN welcome here.

    Check the site for all the neat home-made coops. A lot can be done with left over stuff. Goodluck!
     
  6. n-da-woods

    n-da-woods Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    Hello and [​IMG] from NC
     
  7. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    [​IMG] hi welcome from tombstone, az!

    come visit, ill show ya round my "farm"

    im in the desert... not much to farm... lol
     
  8. Debi214

    Debi214 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi from Virginia and [​IMG]. I just recently set my friends and their children up with 7 baby chicks to start and with the 7 lb feeder and 1 gallon waterer and the chicks plus the chick grit and 50 lbs medicated starter feed it cost me $50. Oh - add on $10 for a heat lamp and holder for the brooder. But it might be less in your area. Good luck!!!
     
  9. eaganchickens

    eaganchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2008
    Eagan,MN
    [​IMG] from MN!

    i want chickens only, no roosters

    They're all chickens, males are roosters, females are hens.[​IMG]
     
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  10. demonica29

    demonica29 New Egg

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    you know, when i originally posted this i meant to go back and change chickens to hens, i wonder why i didn't?
     

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