chickens for fun and hobby

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Nowega Farm, Mar 24, 2018.

  1. Nowega Farm

    Nowega Farm In the Brooder

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    I have no prior experience with chickens. Horses and dogs have been my companions in the past. Dogs are all I have currently. I am ready to expand.
    Do chickens do well with donkeys or horses or goats?
    I would like colorful chickens that are friendly less than 10 chickens to begin.
    What breeds are healthy and easier to raise?
    Any suggestions for getting started raising chickens would be welcome.

    questions:
    best ground cover for coop area
    are the portable fencing good to use
    Are vaccinations required and what kind?
    what type grain to feed in addition to free range
     
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  2. FrankieDoodle

    FrankieDoodle Poppy-Dog

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    :frow Welcome to BYC!!! :woot
     
  3. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hello and welcome to BYC. I can't answer questions about co-existing.

    I'd suggest searching from this link to answer your various questions -Learning Center
     
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  4. ChickenGirl555

    ChickenGirl555 Songster

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    I would suggest Barred Rocks as a good starting breed!
     
  5. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

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  6. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

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    Hello and :welcome I hope you enjoy the site.

    In answer to your questions I use wood shavings in the coop and it’s a great choice. In the run, the best I’ve found is hardwood woodchip (from my friend who is a tree surgeon).
     
  7. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

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    Howdy:welcome:frow Happy :yato have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
     
  8. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens barred are a nice start large brown eggs, easter eggers give blue eggs or green eggs kinda a olive color :ya. Anything works for ground cover best is flat ground as birds will strip the ground :celebratestarter is good for chicks basic layer is for layers
     
  9. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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  10. Boots And Chicken Poop

    Boots And Chicken Poop Chirping

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    Great to have you!! :welcome

    1. Yes, chickens get along well with goats, donkeys, and horses.
    2. If you got a mixture of Speckled Sussex, Jubilee orpingtons (or buff), Black Australorps, and Rhode Island Reds you'd have a nice color variety and a easy to maintain flock.
    3. Sand or pine shavings are a good grounding for chickens.
    4. Vaccinations are not required. I have chickens that are not vaccinated and are perfectly fine and healthy.

    I hope I could be of some help for you. :)
     

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