Originally Posted by ilovepets
i might be owning chickens soon (yay!) and I would like to learn more about them :) I do know a good amount of info, but I am always willing to learn more! Some things I am interested knowing:
-good breeds for cold weather
-do you use pice shavings in the next boxes or straw?
- is sand ok to use in the run?
- what do you feed your chickens?
- what do you do with them in the winter? (heat lamps?)
- what is the best time to get chickens?
- is it better to get chicks or adopt chickens?
Thanks! Any additional info is appreciated :)
Breeds - I can't comment on what's around you. When I was getting mine I just looked at kijiji and then did some research on what seemed popular.
Bedding - in my time I have had a v small next box which I lined with newspaper and shavings, and a huge old pigsty which I lined with straw. Whatever you can get hold of, and is cheap, and easy to dispose of works.
In the UK I did nothing special in the winter, though my neighbour used lamps to keep them laying.
Here in Alberta they have a heat lamp, in an insulated hen house.
If you get chicks you will need a heat lamp to look after them until they get their feathers. Point-of-lay hens would be the best (just about to start laying for their first time), but also the most expensive. I would have no qualms about taking some 3 years olds - they generally keep on laying.
Best time to get them is always! Now would be good because they will start to lay soon.