Very new to the game

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by photios900, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. photios900

    photios900 New Egg

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    Stay at home Dad of 5 just bought a Coop with a half dozen layers of unknown age so we don't know If and when these ladies will lay eggs...thinking of finding some retiring commercial girls to produce in the short run while we look into raising chicks(on a very limited income..don't know what it will all cost in time and materials. I'm all ears.
     
  2. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, photios900, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here! I am not sure how many backyard chicken raisers actually come out ahead of the game, economically speaking. Most raise for the great eggs and/or meat - that they themselves know was fed a diet they controlled. Some just raise for the joy chickens bring to the farm. That being said, if one is thrifty, it needn't be too expensive to have birds. Re-used, or re-purposed materials can serve as the coop and run. Certain breeds are good free rangers, accounting for a portion of their food. Others (leghorns for example) are good producers of eggs while at the same time being small-bodied, thus eating less feed. So, while you may never be able to ultimately get a dozen eggs from birds you raised to be cheaper than a dozen you get from a super market, the taste difference and feeling of satisfaction of doing it yourself, offsets the cost, IMO. Add in a little creative savvy in construction and breed choice and you'll be doing okay! Good luck and best wishes!!
     
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  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Sounds as if you are hooked with the 'chicken bug' - good luck, and welcome to BYC.
     
  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. I agree with redsoxs. :thumbsup
     
  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Just ask the questions and they will be answered! LOL Enjoy BYC!
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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