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Hello from Sandusky, MI!! Pretty excited to see where this journey takes my family and I. Starting new this spring. Any help is greatly appreciated. Looking for different breeds to start with. Like the buff orpington and the light brahma. Need something that can be handled by 2 young ambitious boys and produce eggs too.
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:welcome  so glad you have joined us.  Congrats on your decision to get your own flock.

 

Here's a link to the Learning Center - so much helpful information there to get you started.

 

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

 

 

I hope you are planning on starting with baby chicks, it is so much fun to see them grow up.

 

Both breeds you are considering are friendly.  Of the 2, I have experience only with BO's and they can go broody quite often - and when those hormones are flying they are far from friendly.  But only a problem if you have to collect eggs in the nest they like.

 

Decide how many you plan to raise, build your coop/run larger than the minimum - giving them as much space as you can will keep the flock happier and easier to care for.  

 

Feel free to ask questions, we're here to help.

 

Good luck with the new adventure, I am certain you will and your helpers will find this a fascinating, fun adventure.

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Attention:  loads of contests to enter, pick your favorites and join the fun: post #1

 

 

Raising Hens in Georgia!  Limited experience, but a lot of opinions.  

Reintegrating a Recovered Hen to a Small Flock:

Don't be Chicken, Even a Cat Can Bake a Gingerbread House

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post #3 of 9
Welcome. Your in the right place to learn. You can search past posts to read about particular breeds your interested in. When I was first starting out this was my go to spot when I had a question.

"People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately."

— Oscar Wilde

Trying to count my 60+ chickens.  Polish, Ameraucana, Welsummer, Cornish, Production Red, Cochin, Cuckcoo Maran, Black Austrolorp, Sizzle, Showgirl, Silkie, OEG, Partridge Rock, Russian Orloff, Dorking, Basque.  Tough...

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"People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately."

— Oscar Wilde

Trying to count my 60+ chickens.  Polish, Ameraucana, Welsummer, Cornish, Production Red, Cochin, Cuckcoo Maran, Black Austrolorp, Sizzle, Showgirl, Silkie, OEG, Partridge Rock, Russian Orloff, Dorking, Basque.  Tough...

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Hi welcome-byc.gif

Glad you could join us here! Sunflour has left you some excellent advice and the learning centre link which is a fab place to start. It's has lots of fabulous articles to help you get started on your new chicken adventures. Have you checked out the breed section? Lots if great reviews there, here is the link ~http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds

Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC frow.gif
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post #6 of 9

Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Raising chickens is a wonderful experience for children and Orpingtons and Brahmas are great breeds for children as they are typically calm and gentle. Other breeds that have a well deserved reputation for being calm and gentle are Australorps, Faverolles, Sussex, Silkies, and Cochins. Of course there can always be an exception with any breed. If egg production is a priority, Australorps are the best layers on this list. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Whatever breeds you decide to get, good luck with your flock.

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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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post #8 of 9

:welcome

 

In addition to the other great links you've been given, here's one I like for comparing breeds:

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

 

If you have questions, always feel free to ask. There are a lot of friendly, helpful members here.

 

Good luck!

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Check out all 11 new mini contests!

BYC Mini Contests - Win a 2017 Calendar!!

Deadlines for all is Dec. 11, 2016

You can't win if you don't play!

 

 

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Hello!

Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. I also wish you good luck!
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Did a moth know that the flame was going to change her life forever, or did she simply fly towards that heated embrace, knowing it would offer her something she couldn't give herself? In the end, the answer didn't really matter. The moth had never wanted the choice. -Joey W. Hill-
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