Total newbie grasping threads at BYC

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by saints, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. saints

    saints New Egg

    Jan 12, 2012
    Hi, I'm Nicole (Hi, fellow BYC newbie Nichol!). My family has been thrown into raising chickens and I am a complete novice. We have a few Bantams, and I am finally getting into it for real after, this morning, my daughter came in and told me it looks like we're going to have hatchlings soon. I've been reading elsewhere and I'm trying to plow through the BYC "required reading" now but it's so much information to sort through--I'm already cross-eyed from trying to make sense of it. So I'm going to have a lot of questions for you all!
  2. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    southern ohio
    [​IMG] from Ohio
  3. brambleberries

    brambleberries Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 11, 2012
    My Coop

    Welcome! I'm a newbie too :) Everyone has been really nice and helpful so far, so you can be sure that you are in good hands!
  4. Cacciatore

    Cacciatore Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2011
    San Pablo, CA
    [​IMG] from Northern California. [​IMG]
  5. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    [​IMG]Welcome to the BYC Forum! [​IMG]

    The required reading is a great place to start, but of course you will have lots of questions. If you are not sure you are ready for hatchlings yet, you have the option of just collecting the eggs that the hen is sitting on [​IMG]
  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  7. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    All I can say is chickens are one of the easiest pets/livestock you could have. It's really not hard or worrisome to manage a flock unless you make it so. They are extremely self sufficient; in summer will forage most of their feed and even put themselves to bed at night. A broody even raises her own without aid. The only small hassle is when your gone for a weekend to get a neighbor close and open the coop door and check the water and feed dispenser. Our neighbor jumps at the opportunity to collect the eggs for himself but if he's gone too we pay another neighbor boy to do it.

    I researched for weeks on end before getting chickens and am still educating myself two years later. But honestly, common sense with good observation is all that's required. That and a good fence to keep them in your own yard...escape artist. The entertainment and eggs they supply is very rewarding for less than 10 minutes a day of hands on care. We love having chickens. Enjoy.
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  8. saints

    saints New Egg

    Jan 12, 2012
    About to post my first question on just that! Under Raising Backyard Chickens...
  9. Cowgirl75446

    Cowgirl75446 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2011
    [​IMG] from Texas.
  10. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    [​IMG] from North Carolina! If you have questions, this is definitely the place to be!!! [​IMG]

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