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Hello everyone!

I am very excited to get started with my chickens, I have a 2 year old son and we are wanting backyard pet chickens.

We have a large fenced in back yard and a larg ever growing garden.

I have two large rabbit hutches (used to house a huge rabbit) that we are modifying to a coop. We plan to let them roam the yard during the day and closed up at night.

After lots of reasearch we have our hearts set on orpingtons, we are thinking two hens maybe 3. We live in town and have allready contacted animal control for all of the laws!

I plan to have a bail of straw, waters and feed ready before we get chicks..preferably feathered.

Any tips or advice would be appreciated.
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I recommend you check out the learning centre for lots of tips about raising chickens :
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/

I would also recommend getting three rather than two chickens because hens need to be able to establish a 'pecking order' and it is much easier for them to do this with three hens.
Four lovely hens : An Exbattery Hen, a Lavender Araucana, a Wheaten Marans and a Gold Laced Frizzle Polish
Two dogs and four cats.
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Four lovely hens : An Exbattery Hen, a Lavender Araucana, a Wheaten Marans and a Gold Laced Frizzle Polish
Two dogs and four cats.
If you want to read my chicken adventure, here it is :
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/947562/my-story-our-experience-join-me-on-my-adventure.
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post #3 of 7

:welcome

 

x2 on the advice already given.

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Have any questions about breeds and gender? Check out What Breed Or Gender is This? fourm for help.  

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post #4 of 7

:welcome

 

I agree with XxmingirlxX...3 is better than 2 partly for their social order and also because sometimes no matter how careful we are raising chickens, things happen and you lose one. You don't want to be left with just 1 chicken, they do better with flock-mates.

 

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post #5 of 7

Hi and welcome to BYC. I think that you have made a wise choice to get older chicks - makes the learning curve a little easier to handle. 

 

I hope that you and your son enjoy your new chicken adventure!

 

All the best

CT

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post #7 of 7
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Thank you everyone!
I have been reading allot, it lookz like 3 orpington hens are in our near future!
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