East Texas Chicken and Duck Newbie!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lillyrosesmum, Feb 13, 2016.

  1. lillyrosesmum

    lillyrosesmum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2016
    East Texas
    Hello out there! The hubby and I are starting or own backyard flock. We are both excited and eager to get started.We have a coop well on it's way.
    We are leaning toward Indian Runner ducks and Orpington chickens.
    What do you think about a newbie getting a few different breeds of chickens?
    I have read and been told that it's best to start small and start with one breed. Also best number to start with?
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2016
  2. Nunie

    Nunie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2016
    Sweden (for now!)
    Welcome to BYC!

    I personally love the idea of a mixed breed flock! I don't have any chickens yet, but I plan to get a lot of different breeds of chicken "eye candy" for my future flock! My plan is to get 5-6 the first year, then 5-6 the second year and 5-6 the 3rd year to maximize laying time, since I will keep them as "pets-with-limited-benefits" and won't cull the ladies when they stop being as productive in their egg laying. [​IMG]

    I would suggest browsing through the Learning Center, for lots of helpful information, and if you have any questions don't be afraid to ask! Most of the time I type a question in the search bar on BYC and find multiple threads with answers too!
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and [​IMG] - great that you have joined us. I'm sure you must both be very excited about your move! My advice would be to narrow down the breeds that you think you would like, and for what purpose you intend them to serve (e.g. meat or eggs, or both). The greater the variety of breeds you get now, the more informed your decision when it comes to expanding your flock.

    All the best
  4. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 23, 2010
    Sort of depends on your needs and wants.

    Big meat for eating?
    Smaller, for eggs and pets?
    EE for "pretty eggs"
    Fancy breed for feathers?

    Good choices for all needs. Just depends on what YOU need
    and want.

    But you asked, "What do I think about it?"

    I think it's fine to have different breeds. Willing to bet a good many
    of members have multiple breeds.
  5. lillyrosesmum

    lillyrosesmum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2016
    East Texas

    We are getting them for eggs. I would love to have a few different types! Maybe we will expand. :) having a multicolored flock sounds so appealing!
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2016
  6. Nunie

    Nunie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2016
    Sweden (for now!)
    I've actually put together a picture of my future flock (using pictures found around the internet, afaik they aren't copyright but I could be wrong - most of the chickens pictures came from mypetchicken.com which allows use of their images for non-commercial use)

    The breeds are:
    Row 1- Cream Legbar, Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red
    Row 2- Blue Ameraucana, Lemon Cuckoo Neiderrheiner, Double Laced Barnevelder, Partridge Wyandotte
    Row 3- Exchequer Leghorn, Barred Rock, Columbian Wyandotte
    Row 4- Speckled Sussex, Splash Ameraucana, Ancona, Swedish Flower

    I also plan to get a Black Australorp and an Easter Egger, maybe 2!

    But it gives you an idea of how pretty a mixed flock can be! Some of the breeds I chose are considered good layers, some I chose for colored eggs!
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I think it's good to pick a few favorite breeds (maybe 1 of each) that way you can see which you like best and which you don't like. Rehome 'no's' and get more "Yes'es"
  8. Bluechick2u

    Bluechick2u Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2016
    Prineville, OR
    I started out with a mixed flock, chosen for egg laying and specifically egg color. I wanted as full a range as possible! It worked out very well for me, except that my favorite hen, a small frizzled naked neck, ended up at the bottom of the pecking order and thus lost most of her feathers. Good thing I took advice to have a small "hospital" pen available to put her in until she grew her feathers back, she's now in with a smaller hen and that works best.
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  10. doc637

    doc637 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 20, 2016
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us. I personally like having a few different breeds, a lot of others have made some really good points. Since you want them for eggs, if you want to have a "colorful" laying flock you may check this post on The Learning Center: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/egg-color-chart-find-out-what-egg-color-your-breed-lays ; if you get a few different breeds of chickens you could have a colorful flock- both in feathers and in eggs.
    I also recommend checking in with your local state thread and meet some local peeps- https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

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