Brand new at this and need some opinions

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Tkemp, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. Tkemp

    Tkemp New Egg

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    Hello everyone,

    I am brand new and this venture and trying to get myself in the right direction. I am looking at free range chickens and just wondering on what is recommended. I would like to have a frequent layer for year round and also ones that don't disappear as easily. I am thinking I would start off with at least 6-8 chickens.

    Thanks for reading my post,

    Toby
     
  2. jenifry

    jenifry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love my Rhode Island Red hens. I get a nice brown egg every day! My Wyandotte are a little older, but they still lay every other day. Reds can be aggressive though, so I wouldn't put them in a mixed flock with more docile birds like Orpington. My dad swears by his Australorp, and my grandma Barred Rock. You are going to probably get a MILLION different answers here, as we all like what we like for our own reasons! Welcome to BYC!
     
  3. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    [​IMG] great to have you on board [​IMG]

    I see you have spent some time thinking this whole thing
    though ........
    Are you planning on getting chicks to start or full grown ?????
    And have you a coop yet ???????


    gander007 [​IMG]
     
  4. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  6. rockinpaints

    rockinpaints Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Cheers from Ohio! [​IMG]Glad you could join us! [​IMG] and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
     
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Free ranging birds are at a high risk of predation. Birds that are wary and better fliers would be your best bet, not slow and easy going birds like Orps. I also like the Henderson chicken chart, it does talk about those kinds of characteristics.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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  9. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    Do the chart! What part of the country are you in? What are your temps? If you have cold winters, you might consider pea or rose combed birds. Darker colored, barred and cuckoo patterned birds are reported to be better camouflaged and thus less prone to predator attack. I've also heard that super tame/friendly birds are more at risk to predators. Will you have a mixed flock, or all one breed? If a mixed flock, be sure the breeds you choose are all docile. I'd recommend that you get birds that are not reported to be flighty, though the flighty ones might do better where predators are concerned. Just might be more difficult to manage. What are you planning for a coop set up? Will you have a run? Will it be covered on the top? Without a run, be prepared for some serious losses to predators.

    Personal experience: RIR = aggressive, dominant. EE = somewhat flighty, but I love them. Quirky personalities. My neighbor's EEs chase robins out of their pasture. Leg horns = prone to frost bite. Excellent layers, flighty. Sex-links = Excellent layers. Dominiques = excellent foragers, pack leaders in trying new experiences.
     

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