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Hey everybody,
My name is Don, and I am from Maryland.  I am in the process of buying my first home.  Once everything starts to settle, I am considering getting some chickens.  I have barely scratched the surface with my research, but I am big on joining forums to learn.  I have owned doves and various parrots in the past.

Some breeds I am considering are:
 

Speckled sussex
silver laced Wyandotte

gold lace Wyandotte

Easter egger

Buff orpington

Barred Plymouth rock

I am looking for them as "pets" with eggs being an added bonus.  I am looking to get about 3 chickens.

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Hello and welcome to BYC! You have some nice breeds on that list. You should definitely go for it and get some chickens when you move! You won't regret it! However I do advise you to build your coop big enough to fit more chickens than you expect to get. Chicken math waits for no coop addition!

I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 50+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 50+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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Originally Posted by TheKindaFarmGal View Post
 

Hello and welcome to BYC! You have some nice breeds on that list. You should definitely go for it and get some chickens when you move! You won't regret it! However I do advise you to build your coop big enough to fit more chickens than you expect to get. Chicken math waits for no coop addition!

Thanks for the reply!  There is a large shed on the property I'm looking at that I think may be appropriate to convert into a coop, but I will have to analyze it more closely.  I'm only on about a half acre with this property, so want to be sure not to overdo it.

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Hi Don and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. I'm sure that you have checked out the Breeds section and googled breed comparison charts - planning is great fun. 

 

You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center, and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads. 

 

All the best

CT

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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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Hi Don and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. I'm sure that you have checked out the Breeds section and googled breed comparison charts - planning is great fun. 

 

You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center, and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads. 

 

All the best

CT

 

Hi there,
Actually, I haven't compared breeds at all yet.  That's why my list is somewhat sizeable.  I chose the ones that appeal to me based on appearance/availability.  I have yet to look into temperaments, climate tolerance, ect.  Planning species/breeds of pets is always a fun experience.
 

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


Thank you very much.

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frow.gif Hi, and welcome to BYC!!

All those breeds you have listed are great!! They're all great layers, so expect lots of eggs! Buff Orpington are one of the friendliest breeds. Good luck!
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frow.gif Hi, and welcome to BYC!!

All those breeds you have listed are great!! They're all great layers, so expect lots of eggs! Buff Orpington are one of the friendliest breeds. Good luck!

Thanks for the information!  I have a lot of research to do, but that is a nice little jump start!

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Nice to meet you Don, Welcome to Backyard chickens.

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