Breed Variety for Coop / Run

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by thisjed, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. thisjed

    thisjed Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 21, 2017
    Newark, IL
    I'm planning on 9 chickens for our backyard gang. Here are the breeds...

    3 Ameraucana
    1 Australorp
    1 Barred Rock
    2 Buff Orpington
    1 ISA Brown
    1 Rhode Island Red

    I overbought 1 of each breed in case a rooster sneaks in - so, I could easily shift the demographic around a bit. I have a lovely home ready to take my 6 extras when the time is right.

    Here's my question - is this mix ok, would you do anything different? This is my first time - just want to make sure I'm not making a dumb mistake with this mix.

    There's a slight chance my buffs are leghorns, but I'm pretty confident they're not.

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    We all have our favorites but I personally don’t see any problem with that mix.
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  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j True BYC Addict

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Sounds like a good variety to me! Enjoy your new hobby!
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  4. thisjed

    thisjed Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 21, 2017
    Newark, IL
    Thanks for the reassurances - appreciate it! Good news too - my buffs are buffs and not leghorns (nothing against leghorns - just prefer buffs with my kids). Enjoy your day!
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Ya just never know with live animals.
    Breed demeanor can be pretty hit or miss,
    it's more about the individuals than the breed in most cases.
    An RIR can be a lovey cuddler and a BO can be a terror.
    Environment and developing flock dynamics can play big parts in a harmonious coop.
    Looks like a nice variety of breeds for a first flock.

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