I am an aspiring first-time chicken owner and will be based in Sydney, Australia. The local council will allow a maximum of six hens in my area, and I would ideally like to keep 4 orpingtons, 1 araucana, and 1 maran (possibly a wyandotte instead of one of the orpingtons). So that's 3-4 breeds in a flock of just 6 birds.
Here are my questions:
- Will this cause problems in terms of the pecking order? Do hens of the same breed get along better? Or are these breeds fairly compatible?
- I have read how it's unwise to add to an established flock, so I'd like to get all these hens at once, preferably as pullets but maybe as chicks. Is this practical? Is there going to be a "one-stop shop" for all of these breeds, or will I need to drive around country NSW over a few days buying chicks? Even with a lot of travel, will those breeds be available at around the same age?
I would really love to enjoy all the quirks and differences of a little mixed flock, so I hope there is a way to make it work! Thanks in advance for any thoughts and comments