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I am getting ready for my first flock.  I have fond memories of taking care of chickens when I was a child and now I finally have the space to have my own. I was thinking about getting 6  New Hampshire Reds and 6 Barred Rocks.  Does anyone have these breeds together?  I dont want any problems with them getting along.... is this okay or should I stick with one breed?  Also, will they be the same size?  Thanks for your help!

post #2 of 10

They should be fine! Both are pretty Docile birds that lay fairly well. Good luck on your birds!

 

Nate

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
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Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
5th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!

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post #4 of 10

I have 2 RIR and 1 barred rock in a mixed flock.  They all get along just fine. 

Married to the Perfect Guy with 3 kids.  We have a small flock including d'Uccles, Marans, Orpingtons, and other layers.  We also raise free range meat chickens & turkeys!  

 

www.ChickenHues.com                                 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chicken-Hues/193956817351929

 

See how we raise meaties - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMUE-1kzaAA...

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Married to the Perfect Guy with 3 kids.  We have a small flock including d'Uccles, Marans, Orpingtons, and other layers.  We also raise free range meat chickens & turkeys!  

 

www.ChickenHues.com                                 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chicken-Hues/193956817351929

 

See how we raise meaties - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMUE-1kzaAA...

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post #5 of 10

I have a NH and a BR together-they get along great!

post #6 of 10

I've got RIR and BR, along with EE, Black Sex Link, Red Sex Link, Wyandottes and Leghorns, all get along with each other. When they come as chicks for the most part, they've been in that box for a couple days, they all know each other by then

post #7 of 10

I agree with everyone that they will be fine.  I have a mixed flock with many different breeds.  They get along fine.

 

Regarding your question about size: The Barred Rocks will likely be a little bigger but not significently bigger.

1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 2 Gold Laced Wyandotte, 1 BLRW, 1 Columbian Wyandotte, 4 Rhode Island Red, 6 Easter Eggers, 3 Barred Rock, 3 Welsummer, 2 Buff Orpington, 2 White Leghorn, 2 Brown Leghorn, 3 Gold Sex Links, 2 Delaware, 1 Mixed Maran.    And a partridge in a pear tree... (just kidding on the partridge).
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1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 2 Gold Laced Wyandotte, 1 BLRW, 1 Columbian Wyandotte, 4 Rhode Island Red, 6 Easter Eggers, 3 Barred Rock, 3 Welsummer, 2 Buff Orpington, 2 White Leghorn, 2 Brown Leghorn, 3 Gold Sex Links, 2 Delaware, 1 Mixed Maran.    And a partridge in a pear tree... (just kidding on the partridge).
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post #8 of 10

I have 8 chickens all different breeds and they are all different ages. They get along great, my bantam cochin is the head girl. 

www.youtube.com/stoneschickens

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hatch-cam-2012


Keeping tabs on my five favorite birds and favorite bunnies.

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www.youtube.com/stoneschickens

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hatch-cam-2012


Keeping tabs on my five favorite birds and favorite bunnies.

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post #9 of 10
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Thanks everyone!

 

post #10 of 10

8 Buff Orps, 8 Australorps, 8 RIR's, 4 BBB Turkeys. All get along great. I cant wait to see what my mixed breed flock will look like in a couple years. All 3 breeds are good egg layers and big enough for meat and friendly.

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