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My dad and I are getting our first ever chickens! Any advice would be helpful, I've done lots of reading, but know I still have much to learn. We're leaning towards five chickens, and are hoping for Rhode island reds and barred rocks. I ordered the ranch from chicken saloon (fingers crossed after reading some memebers reviews of them today) and think five chickens is enough for that coop. Any advice is welcome!
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Welcome. Visit the learning center above.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

 

Rhode Island Reds tend to be the bullies of a mixed flock.

 

Manufacturers always fib (over exaggerate) when it comes to telling how many birds can fit in their buildings.

 

These charts could help you decide on breeds.

http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/chickenbreedcomparison.pdf

 

http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Hello there!

Barred Rocks are great birds, but I would avoid getting any more than one Rhode Island Red. They're very picky in mixed flocks and while some are perfectly nice birds, others can be real jerks. I would suggest New Hampshires or Red Sex Links instead. They lay just as well if not better than RIRs and have much better personalities.

I don't know that I would endorse the coop's statement of 10-15 birds. I would say 10 max, unless you purchase any bantams.

I highly recommend the books "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens" and "Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds." They're excellent guides and I suggest them to all beginners.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Welcome to Backyard chickens.   Please do visit the Learning Center  at top of page.  It will answer many questions your have, as well as some you haven't thought of yet.

It's good to join your state thread  so folks can advise you on what type of coop, run, etc.  you'll need for  climate extremes.   It's also good to check out the predator section, so you're birds will be as safe as possible from attacks.

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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on our Learning Center. There is loads of useful information there. I also agree with QueenMisha about getting sex links instead of RIRs. They are generally better tempered that the RIRs and will outlay them (consistantly churning out more than 300 large, brown eggs per hen per year). I personally prefer the Black Sex Links to the Red Sex Links as my Blacks have been friendlier than my Reds and have actually laid slightly better in really cold winter weather, however you can't go wrong with either sex link variety. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. Cheers.

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Welcome to the BYC flocK!  We are glad you joined us!

 

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