urban peep newbie

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by alaskan husky, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. alaskan husky

    alaskan husky In the Brooder

    Aug 13, 2014
    My family and i recently moved to Midwest from Los Angeles. We took advantage of house with the yard by researching and hoping to raise our own small flock in the back yard. Any suggestion welcome since we do not have hand on experience and only learn from reading blog, book and kindle.
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. There are some excellent quick reference charts at http://albc-usa.etapwss.com/images/uploads/docs/pickachicken.pdf, http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/breed-list.aspx, and http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html. Also, Murray McMurray has an excellent "chick selector" tool at http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/chick_selector.html to help you determine which breeds are best for you. If your looking for personal recommendations, I would recommend Black Australorps. I have raised them for years and they are very hardy. I have raised them in northern Kansas where the temperature dropped to 30 F below zero one winter, and in CAs northern Sacramento Valley where summer temperatures frequently reached 117-118 F (123 F once), and in both extremes, they came through like troopers. They are also very calm and gentle birds. My children, and now my granddaughter, made lap pets of them. And they are the best layers of the standard, brown egg laying breeds. Until it was broken in 1979 by a caged White Leghorn, a Black Australorp held the world laying record with 364 eggs in 365 days, and while mine have never had that kind of production (and likely never will), I have still had a few of them give me over 300 eggs in a year. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Whatever breeds you decide to get, good luck with your flock.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Michael has you on a good path with some good links. You might also stop by our learning center here on BYC. Lots of good articles on all the aspects of keeping poultry from getting started, building the coop, raising the chicks and keeping your adult flock happy, healthy and safe from predators...https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Enjoy this new adventure you are on and welcome to our flock!
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    You've received great advice above.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Do you know if chickens are allowed in your new area?
  7. alaskan husky

    alaskan husky In the Brooder

    Aug 13, 2014
    Thank you all for the warm welcome and info. We started out with hatching eggs and now had two splash silkies from eggs ordered from EBay. Two white leghorn hen and brown hen ( not sure what breed is she) who we picked from barn clearance at 20 weeks old. My area allow 6 hens with leg tags and license renewal yearly. So we are having fun with them :)
    Winter has been challenging since temperature can drop below zero with -20 windchill some night.
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] We're glad you joined us!
  9. alaskan husky

    alaskan husky In the Brooder

    Aug 13, 2014
    Thank you:)
  10. No Problem!!


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