Want to learn about chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mtmcbroom, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. mtmcbroom

    mtmcbroom New Egg

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    I don't have any chickens yet, but want to learn what I can so I can convince the hubs it's a good thing. Live in the Imperial Valley where summer temps can reach 120+ and lots of people have chickens. I need to learn how to build a coop, feed and water as well as shelter them. I am interested in Easter eggers or Amaraucanas, since they tolerate heat I have heard.

    I want to put their coop at the south end of my garden which will get shade in the very hot afternoons. I plan to let them forage for bugs since my garden is a bug factory and I have open compost for them to rummage through. I mainly want them for eggs, but need to know what to do at the end of their life cycle.
     
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  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] I know I wouldn't survive that kind of heat but if your neighbors chickens can, I would get the breeds they have. What to do at the end of their cycle is up to you, Some people butcher them, others rehome them before they are that far along, and still others retire them and let them live out their days.
     
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, mtmcbroom, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! There are a lot of heat tolerant breeds. You can do all the research you need on BYC. I suggest you start at the Learning Center. There you will learn what it takes to be a responsible chicken parent. Then go to the Coops section and see what style or design suits your fancy - you'll obviously want one with lots of ventilation! That should provide you with a good start! Best wishes!

    Learning Center:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/

    Coops:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coop_Designs

    Breeds:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds
     
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  4. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
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  5. Tongiechick

    Tongiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this is the perfect site for all chicken lovers in my opinion, welcome
     
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