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Hello everyone!  My family and I live in Carson City, NV.  I had 2 egg-laying chickens (Plymouth Rock) growing up, and always wanted to have some now that I have two daughters (ages 7 and 10).  I haven't been able to until now because of local codes.  Well, Carson City just passed a new ordinance that we can have up to 4 chickens in the city (with no minimum acreage required).  I am starting my research on which breeds, etc, and can't wait to learn from you guys!  Here are the breeds I think I am considering:

Brahma
Easter Eggers
Delaware
Jersey Giant
Langshan
Plymouth Rock

We have 2 dogs (one of which might actually care about them), as well as feral cats and owls/hawks in the neighborhood.  I am considering turning our unused wooden playhouse into the coop, with some additions (nest box, perches, etc) and security for overnighting the birds.  Any thoughts on the breeds above, and can I let my chickens "free range" during the day in the backyard (6-foot fencing) when I am gone and the dogs are crated in the house?

Also, do I have to wait until spring to get chicks?  We do have some very cold nights here during winter, but very little snow to cover the ground, especially under the trees.  Can younger chickens survive outside once they have feathers?

Thanks!
Lori

Lori
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New flock leader to 5 pullets:  Omelet (red Araucana), Popcorn (white Araucana), Pot Pie (Speckled Sussex), Noodle Soup (Silver-Laced Wyandotte), and Boullion (Silver-Laced Wyandotte)
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New flock leader to 5 pullets:  Omelet (red Araucana), Popcorn (white Araucana), Pot Pie (Speckled Sussex), Noodle Soup (Silver-Laced Wyandotte), and Boullion (Silver-Laced Wyandotte)
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Originally Posted by LoriE 

Hello everyone!  My family and I live in Carson City, NV.  I had 2 egg-laying chickens (Plymouth Rock) growing up, and always wanted to have some now that I have two daughters (ages 7 and 10).  I haven't been able to until now because of local codes.  Well, Carson City just passed a new ordinance that we can have up to 4 chickens in the city (with no minimum acreage required).  I am starting my research on which breeds, etc, and can't wait to learn from you guys!  Here are the breeds I think I am considering:

Brahma
Easter Eggers- I have an EE that I like. Never had any of the others
Delaware
Jersey Giant
Langshan
Plymouth Rock

We have 2 dogs (one of which might actually care about them), as well as feral cats and owls/hawks in the neighborhood.  I am considering turning our unused wooden playhouse into the coop, with some additions (nest box, perches, etc) and security for overnighting the birds.  Any thoughts on the breeds above, and can I let my chickens "free range" during the day in the backyard (6-foot fencing) when I am gone and the dogs are crated in the house? I free range while I'm at work. Realize that it does come with risk.
Also, do I have to wait until spring to get chicks? No, but chicks need to be kept warm till they feather out. We do have some very cold nights here during winter, but very little snow to cover the ground, especially under the trees.  Can younger chickens survive outside once they have feathers? Yes, but they need a dry draft free place

Thanks!
Lori


And mostly welcome-byc

Imp


Edited by Imp - 8/21/09 at 1:32pm

 

 

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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post #3 of 14

welcome-byc

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Never do anything that you wouldn't want to explain to the paramedics.  ~Author Unknown
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My blog: http://michelle1017.blogspot.com/
Never do anything that you wouldn't want to explain to the paramedics.  ~Author Unknown
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welcome-byc from Utah

I have Bantam welsummers, Bantam Cuckoo Marans, Bantam Wc black polish, Bantam Olive eggers, MGB, LF Welsummers, BCM, BLRW, LF Buff and Golden Laced polish, LF Sumatras, Bantam Sumatras, d'anvers, CCL, Wild type turkeys RioxEastern, Ringneck pheasants blacks, buff, Bobwhite Quail, Chukars  and bunch of free range birds

 

 
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I have Bantam welsummers, Bantam Cuckoo Marans, Bantam Wc black polish, Bantam Olive eggers, MGB, LF Welsummers, BCM, BLRW, LF Buff and Golden Laced polish, LF Sumatras, Bantam Sumatras, d'anvers, CCL, Wild type turkeys RioxEastern, Ringneck pheasants blacks, buff, Bobwhite Quail, Chukars  and bunch of free range birds

 

 
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Hello from the Red Rock area, north of Reno! welcome-byc

I have Orps, Cochins (Standard and Bantam), EEs, Delewares, Rosecombs, and bantam RIRs - geese, ducks, horses and on and on.

I am so excited for you!

Fowl adventures happening daily       

"Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you." ~ Sally/Ranchie - we miss you.
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Fowl adventures happening daily       

"Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you." ~ Sally/Ranchie - we miss you.
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post #6 of 14

Hi Lori!  welcome-byc  from S. Florida!  Great to have you here!

mom of 8 kids,  3 dogs,  10 cats, 11 hens, 1 goose, 1 duck  and the most loving, patient hubby, who puts up with me!!

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mom of 8 kids,  3 dogs,  10 cats, 11 hens, 1 goose, 1 duck  and the most loving, patient hubby, who puts up with me!!

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post #7 of 14

welcome-byc from WI.  Check the coop section for some great pictures of converted sheds and playhouses. You'll find ideas for yours, I am sure. I have a fenced in yard, 2 large dogs and a few cats but let the chickens run loose in the yard several hours a day. I was concerned about the owls and hawks we have and did not let the girls run loose until they were good sized. Until then their yard time was in a big wire pen for dogs covered with a tarp. They did not move to the outside coop and pen until they were about 7 weeks old and had a heat lamp during a few colder nights. Since they've been fully feathered no help there smile
I do not let the girls out until after 6:30 or 7 am - we have coyotes that will come up all the way to the driveway and I do see them at dawn. That was the case before I had chickens though, so I don't think the chickens really added any attraction. The dogs are always with me if they go out while the chickens are loose.
I guess you can get chickens by mail order year round but it may be risky when the temperatures are low.  I got mine from a guy that has heritage breed livestock and it was within a reasonable driving distance to pick them up. As far as breeds go - Check Henderson's Chicken Breed chart - they have great info on breeds and their hardiness, temperament, sizes etc caf

1 Golden Laced Wyandotte, 2 EEs, 1 Partridge Rock, 1 Australorp, 1 Speckled Sussex and soon to hatch Blue Marans and Olive Egger plus the resident Malamute and 4 house cats
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1 Golden Laced Wyandotte, 2 EEs, 1 Partridge Rock, 1 Australorp, 1 Speckled Sussex and soon to hatch Blue Marans and Olive Egger plus the resident Malamute and 4 house cats
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welcome-byc from MN!

2 EE'S, 1 BR, 1 black star

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2 EE'S, 1 BR, 1 black star

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welcome-byc from California!

Wife to a great husband * Mommy to a feisty toddler * Four American Saddlebreds * Happy owner of Australorps, a Barred Rock,  a RIR,  EE's, a Brahma,  Muscovy's,  Pekins, and an Embden goose* I guess you can say I'm really blessed!
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Wife to a great husband * Mommy to a feisty toddler * Four American Saddlebreds * Happy owner of Australorps, a Barred Rock,  a RIR,  EE's, a Brahma,  Muscovy's,  Pekins, and an Embden goose* I guess you can say I'm really blessed!
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A big Texas size welcome-byc

~deb           
Home of Shiner Bock and the Brood with an Attitude
Come visit us on the BYC Texas Thread
Front Porch Perspectives - My lil ol' blog
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~deb           
Home of Shiner Bock and the Brood with an Attitude
Come visit us on the BYC Texas Thread
Front Porch Perspectives - My lil ol' blog
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