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Wanting to get started raising chickens, but not sure it's the right time

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by stephanieb, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. stephanieb

    stephanieb New Egg

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    I've been thinking about raising chickens for a few years, and done lots of research the last couple months. I really want to start a flock this year, but my husband's not sure it's the right time. I'd like to get some chicks next month, but we might be moving in the fall, which would be right around when the hens should start laying. Would that be too stressful for them? And we'd probably move again in a year or two (my in-laws are planning a long term trip, months, up to a year or two, and have asked us to stay in their home while they're gone, but it's still not certain when they're leaving). We'd only be moving the next town over, both towns have the same rules on keeping chickens.

    I just really want to get chickens now, I feel like I'm personally at a good time to take on this project. I know I would enjoy it, I've always loved animals (we have a dog), I have fond memories visiting my cousin's house and seeing their backyard chickens, and we've visited my sister-in-laws small farm and had a blast. My two young boys would love the extra pets, and I want them to have this experience, too.

    Just looking for different perspectives, whether you think I can make it work to start a flock this year, or if you were in my position, would you wait another year or so?

    Thanks! Excited to be a part of BYC.
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  3. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Great to have you here! I say there is no time like the present - go for it!! BYC will be here to help you out along the way!!
     
  6. TwoCrows

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

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    I am not one to wait for anything! I say go for it. The chickens will do just fine with a move, as long as they have your support. And of course you always have these forums and the great folks here to get you thru it. :)
     
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  9. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    I don't think it is hard at all for chickens to get used to a new home - as long as they have food, water and good shelter they are generally quite happy.
     
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Good luck at reaching a decision, and welcome to BYC.
     

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