Backyard Chickens

Back yard chickens. Things we will cover: How to get started, what you need, different breeds, meat chickens vs. egg chickens, general education, feed, chicken tractors, coups, ordinances, pitfalls, summer/winter. Predators and pests. How long to they lay, how long until my chicks lay. When can we harvest the meat birds. What do chickens eat. Raising chickens can be as easy as having a pet cat. Answer questions like: How many eggs will I get? Is there really a green egg? How hard are they to take care of? Do I need a rooster? How loud are they? I live in a suburban area, can I still have chickens? Class will be free. There will be no notes unless there is enough interest, and I can put together a packet of coop designs, watering buckets, tractor designs and, a list of resources etc. Only if enough interest through comments, however there will be a fee for the printed materials. If interested post a comment in the comments sections. Also, if you have never had farm fresh eggs I will have a dozen for $3 while they last. You will never go back to store bought eggs. Med, lg and jumbo (we don’t separate, and are non-white…all I will say) We are also looking at ordering some chicks as well for spring to bring more diversity to our flock. Most companies will specify a minimum order usually 15-25 if through a catalog. If you want to get started this year and only want 3-5 lets discuss a group buy. We plan on ordering at least 25, so any additional would be open to others and you can get lower numbers by tagging onto our order. As always bring a chair...

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  • Rick

    Just an FYI straight run chicks at rural king in Columbus are 0.50 ea

    March 13, 2013

  • Joan G

    My son loved the meeting and was a great way for him to learn more about raising chickens. He's looking forward to the next meeting and wants to go to the buffalo farm, too.

    March 9, 2013

  • Rick

    No notes this time everyone. Sorry just a discussion. We free class. I forgot to mention chickens molt once a year and they shed feathers and look bad for a few weeks, stop laying, but are back to normal in a few weeks.

    March 9, 2013

  • Velius

    I wanted to attend this, but my son is ill. I'm not sure chickens would work in our backyard, but I am interested in the concept. Are there notes available?

    March 8, 2013

  • Alex C.

    was just talking to my wife about this yesterday. whats the fee for printed material?

    March 6, 2013

  • Rick

    UPDATE: Laura Karr local farmer will be joining us later in the class and talk about raising various birds an also has chicks and pullets for sale.

    March 4, 2013

  • Corissa

    Interested in a group buy. Tractors Supply got their chicks in today! I am wanting to do a group purchase thru them because they have the 4 different breeds that we are wanting (total of 6 chicks). Bared Plymouth Rock, 2-Delaware, 2-Black Australorp, and Speckled Sussex. But to special order the minimum is 25. Who else is interested? I am ready ASAP.

    February 27, 2013

    • Corissa

      the guy working last night (Tony) felt really bad that we drove all the way there and they didnt have them. So he took my name and number and is going to call me personally when they get all of them in stock and set them aside and i will run down and get them. (that is if i dont find them somewhere else sooner). but atleast it wasnt a lost cause, we did get about half of the seeds that we need for our garden while we were there.

      February 28, 2013

    • Rick

      Sorry, they had a bunch, and usually when people are in hey buy a bunch. We went in on Friday night and got 15, then went back Saturday or more after we is cussed it and were gone. Just an FYI I am in Columbus almost every Wednesday and every other Friday and Sunday night if needing to check or bring things back to Indy

      February 28, 2013

  • Rick

    Hi all, I have a contact in LinkedIn that is offering chicks and pullets for sale. I am passing along her contact info. Laura Karr has sent you a message.
    Date: 2/26/2013
    Subject: RE: Chickens
    Sure, I would love to give a talk/discussion about heritage poultry and home poultry-keeping. And feel free to pass along my contact information if anyone is interested in chicks or pullets.
    I have about 50 chicks hatched out now, and 40 more eggs in the incubator. I love that spring is coming! Thanks, Rick! [masked]
    fb page: KG Acres Farm

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • Rick

    Hi everyone. Just an FYI. The rural king in Columbus now has their baby chicks available. I was there on Wednesday and they have a variety I different breeds of chickens meat and egg layer ducks, and turkeys.

    February 22, 2013

  • Rick

    So if anyone who is attending is interested In a group but let's hear what kind and breed if chickens you are looking for.

    Egg layers, meat birds, only hens/pullets, Easter egger (colored eggs), brown eggs, white eggs.

    For me we are looking for 1-2 roosters. Maybe a Cochin and an americuna.

    10-20 hen chicks of Cochin and americuna. Note chicks take 3-6 months to start laying. Pullets are WAY mor expensive.

    Also is anyone looking to reduce their flock?

    February 8, 2013

    • Joan G

      Americauna, Buff Orps, and Plymouth Rock. Only looking for about 5 pullets only. Don't want to freak out the neighbors just yet with a rooster. TSC has a good link to learn more about raising chickens... http://www.tractorsup...­

      February 9, 2013

  • Joan G

    Definitely interested in a group buy.

    January 29, 2013

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