I discovered you guys about a month ago when I started looking into raising chickens here in the NE Heights. We would be starting small and have something modest in mind, i.e. maybe 3 hens, no roosters, just raising them for eggs right now, no aspirations beyond that at this time.
I'm trying to decide if this is something we can reasonably begin now, in the fall, or if it would be better to wait until next spring, after winter. Do we have to buy baby chicks or is it possible to purchase older young hens so we don't have to risk losing the babies to cold weather and then also have to deal with sexing them?
Finally, in deciding whether or not to take this on, I'm trying to do a little bit of cost estimating on how much it will be to keep chickens, but am unsure of how much we'd be spending on average on chicken feed. We also have a veggie and sunflower garden and we compost, so the chickens could certainly get some of their food from this.
Could anyone with more experience weigh in on any of my questions? I'd really appreciate it! :D