OK. So, the coop is almost finished and now we have to start thinking about getting chickens! There are not many places local to me that are selling anything but production birds. We want chickens that will continue to lay past two years. I have found someone with two day old chicks and he has a variety. He has: Isa Brown, Black Australorp, Rhode Island Red and Buff Orpington. I have ruled out the Isa Browns since they are more of a production bird and I don't know what their long term laying abilities are. We are only going to have five birds and were thinking of getting a mix of the rest. My one question is will the the Buff Orpington get picked on by the others? Or will it be fine.
Not quite sure how I would mix it. 2 Australorp, 2 Rhode Islands, 1 Buff. Or 1 Australorp, 2 Rhode Islands, 2 Buff.
Any suggestions? I know it probably doesn't much matter. Just looking for opinions. He has some two month old Polish/Silky mixes as well. I like the idea of them but just don't think they will give us the eggs we want. I really wish I could find some Copper Maran's and some Silver Laced Wyandottes but this time of the year just isn't great for variety.