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markandmissy

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Hello me and my wife are very new we are looking to start breeding chickens and harvesting our own eggs we have never done this before so looking for any advice help and information people can offer us we live in Burton Ohio thank you mark and Missy
 

Yorkshire Coop

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Hi :welcome Mark & Missy

Glad you could join us here! The learning centre has a fabulous section "Getting started raising chickens" that you would find most useful. Here is the link ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

Wishing you the very best of luck getting your chicken adventures started, I'm sure you will enjoy it very much.

Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
 
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Pork Pie

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Hi and welcome to byc a great to have you join us. So much information here and really helpful members. Read away, but we are here to give you any advice or support you need.

Good luck on your new chicken adventure

Ct
 

NickyKnack

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Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
 

drumstick diva

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Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock, hope you enjoy it as much as we do. The Learning center, as mentioned, is the best place to start your chicken education. You may also want to peruse "Raising Backyard chickens," forum, and join your state thread. Just put "Ohio thread," in the search box and it will pop up. That way you can see if any BYC members live near you and ask specific questions regarding your area, ie; best place to get feed, supplies etc., What breeds do best in your climate etc.
 

rebrascora

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Hi and welcome

The thing about breeding is that you will end up with roughly half of them cockerels which you need to be prepared to deal with. Most cockerels are either culled as chicks (if they can be sexed that early) or harvested for meat as soon as they reach optimum size, It is not easy dealing with this aspect of poultry rearing if you are not used to it. If you are comfortable with this, then you really need to decide if you are wanting to raise a flock of purely egg layers and therefore go for leghorns or sex links or have a slightly lesser egg production, offset by a more meaty bird and breed dual purpose birds that make harvesting the males and perhaps older females more worthwhile.

Are you looking to make a business of it or just a hobby that perhaps allows you to sell surplus eggs to friends and family, as this will probably make a big difference to the type of bird you choose?

Hope that has given you a little more insight into your options.

Regards

Barbara
 

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