Very new and wanting to raise chickens in the mtns, CA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tjbabies, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. tjbabies

    tjbabies Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 24, 2011
    Tehachapi CA
    Hi- I am Tj and I am very new to this. I have been thinking for the past month that I want to have my own chickens. I am thinking maybe 4 to 6 only as it is just me and my husband I maybe going back to work really soon. I am also looking into building my chicken coop from recycled items or found items to help with the cost. I am a bit lost as to what kind of chickens I would like to have and what kind of run I need as I don't trust the birds. Any tips would be very appreciated.
    Thank you
  2. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2010
    Congress, AZ
    My Coop
    Very cool, you came to the right place!!
  3. ChickensXOXO

    ChickensXOXO Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    The Carolinas
    Look around the boards, and post some of your questions there.
    You'll find everything you need to know here!

    [​IMG] from NC
  4. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  5. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    Oct 18, 2009
    Welcome, from Connecticut! There's an amazingly useful 'breed selector tool' on where you can simply answer a few questions about what's important to you (ie; your climate, your egg production demands, etc.) and it recommends the breeds that fit your requirements. I hope that helps! Enjoy your new hobby!
  6. chickenbuttsowhat

    chickenbuttsowhat Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2011
    Danville, Arkansas
    hi welcome, i just started the chicken breeding this year and i think it was one of my best choice to do EVER i love my birds with all my heart and so glad i got them. ppl on here r really helpful if u need help with sickness and find out what breed or sex ur chick or chicken is. on the chickens u want depends on what u need them for if u want some that lay big brown eggs or white eggs or some chickens that r just pretty to show off, u got big chickens and bantam size this site helps on picking a chicken it did for me i have alot a different but my fav r silkies, orpington, silve laced wyandotte and larg fowl cochins. and when it comes to ur run just a nice chicken fencing around ur coop u cant put something over the top so u dont have to clip ur chickens wings and keeps them from flying out or just clip their wings and they be fine i let mind out sometimes to eat bugs around the house and when sun starts going down they go back to the coop for their snack and then go to bed ^^ they r really smart bird smart then what ppl give them haha
  7. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!
  8. Chicken_Pauper

    Chicken_Pauper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2011
    Southern California
    I am in Southern California... welcome.

    What kind of chickens you get depends on what you want them for, eggs? Just for pets and beauty? I saw one breeder site that told about each breed, what kind of and how good of layers they were, and something listed was what kind of weather they tolerated best.

    It's good to get a predator proof coop and run built, with proper ventilation, a way to cool it when it's hot and humid and a way to warm it when it's cold, freezing, snowing... (you mention you're in the mountains). Built in easy cleaning access.
    There is a lot of information here on BYC... you can check out coops here... You might want to buy the book: Raising Chickens for Dummies, I found it very informative and helpful, especially early on.
    Baby chicks are more available in the Spring.

    You can search for Breeders and Hatcheries (at least for research on breeds, your local feed store and/or local breeders will have chicks in the Spring and early summer, even to mid-summer) on the internet... for breed information. Here's one with "cold hearty" info by each breed and how many eggs they lay per week, some pictures, etc.

    Good luck and welcome.
  9. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    Hi! and Welcome [​IMG] ! I'm in the mountains too, Julian. I started with a mixed breed flock and they've all done well up here. There are meet ups, in fact there was one today in Norco. It's a fun way to meet local folks and see what they have. I have a covered run. I do free range my chickens, but I wouldn't this time of year. Too many hawks!! If you're in my neck of the woods you're more than welcome to check out my set up, get ideas and see my birds. If you have a way of picking one up, they are currently selling shipping crates on CL for $100 that would make an awesome coop converted. Here's a link to the San Diego thread. You'll want to check in from time to time to see what people have and see when the next meet up is. Were due for one here soon!
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2011
  10. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from WA. glad you joined us [​IMG] [​IMG]

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