Breeds that live well together

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by UrbanFarmerKim, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. UrbanFarmerKim

    UrbanFarmerKim New Egg

    Mar 26, 2016
    I just started keeping chickens this spring. I started off with just 3, but had to rehome one as it turned out to be a roo (city ordinances). So I just have my 2 hens, a Light Brahma and a Buff Orpington. I adore these birds!! So sweet and social, just a joy to have. I want to add to the flock this next spring and am looking at several breeds. Mostly I want them for pets and to keep the bugs down, but am looking at a few more eggs as I have friends and family I would like to share eggs with. Would a flock comprised of a Light Brahma, Buff Orpingtion, Australorp, Sussex, Barred Rock, and an Easter Egger get along well, as a general rule. Or are their breeds in here that would not do well with the other breeds?
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Provided they have plenty of space, at least 5 sq ft of coop and 12 sq ft of run per bird, they should all get along well. Those are some large breeds, so space is important.
  3. UrbanFarmerKim

    UrbanFarmerKim New Egg

    Mar 26, 2016
    My current two have a temporary coop set up. A mail order 'paint by numbers' build it yourself kit coop. It is too small (run space) for any more than the two of them and even at that, I dont like to keep them cooped up. They free run all day and are only closed in at night. My plans for the new coop to be built includes, currently, an 80 sqft. run space, tall enough for a person to walk into. and a coop of approximately 30 - 40 sqft.

    I really am enjoying the big birds!
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Build some separate spaces into your new coop, I have a temporary wire wall I use and permanent people and pop doors. Best coop design decision I made, actually wish I had more than 2 spaces.
  5. To answer your question about breeds and not be concerned about your space.....Yes, all breeds you mentioned are docile and usually get along great...

    Good luck...
  6. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    That will be a nice flock, and if you get lucky, you might have the BO go broody. If so, order chicks to come in 3 weeks, and she will do all the work. That will also give you time to get your new set up built.

    I had build a coop I got off of here, and have been very happy with it. Great ventilation, I can walk in it and stand up straight. And I will be sectioning it off this fall to keep some new chicks, as the coon got my broody.

    Mrs K

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