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My wife has FINALLY allowed me to get chickens! I live in Randolph and love all things eggs, in all ways. a close neighbor has had a few chickens for a while and has on occasion shared some eggs and they are incredible. the design and creation of the coop has begun, it will be 15 inches off the ground, and will be 3x3 feet. it will have a sloping roof, and be 4 feet high on one side, 3 feet on the other. One entire side of the coop will swing open for cleaning and egg harvesting. Our backyard is completely fenced in with 7 foot walls, so they will most likely be walking around all day in the yard.
We are looking to get only 4 chickens at this point, and were thinking about getting different kinds of chickens- 2 Rhode Island reds, 1 buff orpington and 1 Plymouth Rock.
looking forward to starting this process and having some fun! also, does anyone know where I could get some chickens without going online?
Welcome to the group! Sounds like a great setup. We just got 2 barred rock, 2 silkies, 2 RIreds (from TSC) but have seen them lots of places, including local farms (Sweet Meadow in Sherborn, Farm Store in Orleans). Send pics when you get them!
No problem!! And I say give them a chance becausw you never know. Of course 5 weeks is older to know but I thought for sure one of my Barred Rocks and one of my Easter Eggers was a roo. Well, one Barred Rock died so I'll never know for her but the other turned out to be a girl. Same for the EEs. The BR had a huge comb compared to her sisters but that's just the breed I think. So it's not necessarily an indicator of a rooster. One of my EEs and later the other one were extremely feisty. Constantly climbing up on top of MHP and/or yelling up there. One time I held him... er.. her. and she screamed for several minutes straigh, i know cause i filmed it. The others didn't like being held but were quiet. Just so LOUD. And feisty. Tall standing. Upright by a few weeks. Confident. All signs of roosters. All were pullets. You can't really tell until like 15 weeks or until they start laying or crowing but at least now if they turn out to be roos you have a place for them to go
Those are all nice breeds. Amd the Australorps certainly do look like little penguins
-lots of bantams
they also got in a shipment of khaki Campbell ducklings… That was not supposed to arrive… So they are lowering their minimum order to six ducklings per person…
TSC in Millbury, MA
I actually got lucky, my brother in law had a 5x5x4 shed type of thing next to his house for trash and cycling bins that they no longer wanted. It has a pitched roof with shingles and siding and only one open end, so a minor adjustments and attach a floor and I have a coop!! If all goes to plan I will have it started this weekend.
Next step is building a little run and then getting some chicks. I think I would rather them be a few weeks old then days since this is my first go around.
Thank you for all the feedback I am going to look into all those options.