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|09-26-2012, 01:01 PM||#1|
Want Chickens - Where do I start?
We bought our first house and moved a couple of weeks ago. Now I want chickens! But I don't know where to start!
Here's what I know about chickens:
1 - They are birds.
2 - They lay eggs.
3 - They are delicious.
That's about it.
We have 3 acres of property, but the vast majority of it is wooded. We have a little yard behind the house, and a bit of grass around the front and the side.
I want to raise free range chickens for eggs and meat. The town will allow me to have up to 60 chickens at once. I think I will start out with less, though. LOL
I know that I will need a coop. Not sure where to get one, though. I would love to build one, but I am not handy in that way at all.
I am also a bit concerned about the woods. I am told that chickens love to forage in the woods. But predators concern me. I guess with free ranging, I should just prepare myself to lose some.
Also, is there one time of year that is better for starting all of this over the others? I live in New York, so winter will be on its way soon. Do free-rangers go out and forage in the snow?
Just trying to educate myself.
~Bekki~ married to Josh, mommy to Evelyn (3/18/09), Jacob (9/27/10), and Coralie (2/27/14)