Just starting out...

Discussion in 'Beginners Forum' started by performancejon, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. performancejon

    performancejon New Member

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    Hi, I'm new here and have a few questions about getting started. When is the best time to buy new chicks? Can I mix different breeds together or will some breeds fight each other?
     
  2. kaufranc

    kaufranc Junior Member

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    Welcome aboard ! I like to get chicks in the spring when it is warmer. As for mixing different breeds, that's me! I have a mixed flock. I love the wonderful colors they are and the different colored eggs they lay. They all have their own personality and behaviors. What kind are you thinking of getting ? Do you want them for eggs or meat? Mine are for eggs and pets.
     

  3. realsis

    realsis New Member

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    Hi and welcome
    I'm also new here I've ordered my chicks already but I'm waiting on there DNA sex results before they are shipped.I'm praying they turn out female. Where i live i cant have a roo. But anytime between now and April is a great time to buy them. remember the earlier you buy them the better choices you will have in breeds and colors. What breeds are you considering.? I'm getting silkies ; i am mostly getting them as pets. I just fell in love with the silkie. Are they going to be pets or for eggs or meat birds? I wish you good luck and best wishes!
     
  4. performancejon

    performancejon New Member

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    Thank you! What breeds do you recommend? We want them primarily for eggs, but I suppose also as pets. Where is a good place to order them from?
     
  5. kaufranc

    kaufranc Junior Member

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    You can order them on line or at swaps or Tractor Supply/Blue Seal stores. Some breeds are better for eggs Rhode Island Reds. Some breeds like Silkies are better for pets. Or you can mix! Have a few of each.
     
  6. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    Easter eggers are great for eggs and they're pretty too! Barred Rocks are very reliable too and so are RIR. All 3 make great pets too. Tillie (barred rock) follows me everywhere when I'm outside. Sometimes I don't even realize she's there until I trip over her. She's a lot of company. Loves to converse too. We have some very nice conversations. :) Australorps are very docile, good layers, do well in cold weather and with confinement. Good pets. Get your chicks when the weather is warmer. Easier then. I got mine from a nearby feed mill. Ordered them sexed so I had no surprises.
     
  7. performancejon

    performancejon New Member

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    What does brooding mean?