Austin Backyard Chickens

amydsolberg

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6 Years
Sep 29, 2013
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Hi,

I'm in the process of convincing my husband that, in addition to backyard bees, we should keep backyard chickens. I'm interested in starting off very small, and would like a couple of fluffy, friendly egg-layers. I'm hoping to find lots of recommendations for breeds that do well in my area. Generally, I was thinking I'd like a heritage breed, but since I'm not going to be breeding them, that might be silly.

Any opinions about the following breeds I've initially thought might be good?

Buckeye
Brahma
Dominique
Leghorn - Non Industrial
Wyandotte
Plymouth Rock
Cochin

Thanks for any help!

Amy
 

write2caroline

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Jun 21, 2009
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ooooh oooh Buff orps! They are so cuddly and snuggly.

Caroline
 

amydsolberg

Hatching
6 Years
Sep 29, 2013
3
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7
Austin, TX
Thanks! I'm really excited to get started with the girls.

A chicken-lady friend mentioned that, because chickens are very social, you shouldn't have fewer than three. Have you found this to be true? Or perhaps more the case for certain breeds?
 

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
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Aug 26, 2009
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chickens are flock animals and do much better with buddies than flying solo. Three to four is better than two . If you have two and one dies or has to be re-homed( ie because it turned into a rooster) then you are left with one lonely chicken. It can be hard to find one that will fit in with your present bird. If you start with 3-4 chickens- you would have a spare or 2 and not have to deal with integration issues.
 

amydsolberg

Hatching
6 Years
Sep 29, 2013
3
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Austin, TX
You might check out the Texas thread under social where am I where are you. Several people in your area to help you out
Thank you, topdycke. I'm on it.

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chickens are flock animals and do much better with buddies than flying solo. Three to four is better than two . If you have two and one dies or has to be re-homed( ie because it turned into a rooster) then you are left with one lonely chicken. It can be hard to find one that will fit in with your present bird. If you start with 3-4 chickens- you would have a spare or 2 and not have to deal with integration issues.
Drumstick diva, this is really good to know. I'm in the very early stages and making sure my ordinances will really permit a happy flock.
 

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