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Finally! We're getting chickens!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Suburban_Farmer, May 2, 2009.

  1. Suburban_Farmer

    Suburban_Farmer Hatching

    May 2, 2009
    Northern California
    Well, I should say we're getting chickens..again. The last time we had chickens (12 years ago) we lived on a little farm. Now we live in the suburbs and we've been bothering the heck out of my husband to get some again.

    I'm a garden and animal writer for quite a few online places and have a book proposal out there for suburban farming - complete with a chapter on chickens in suburbia.

    I need my own chickens. My youngest daughter has finally convinced my husband that it makes good sense as they go perfectly with out vegetables, rabbits and 4H club.

    We'll only be getting two hens for now, but we're more than thrilled! Maybe australorpe, or arucaunas, americanas, mille fleurs..I don't know...I'm just excited!

    We'd like good laying hens (regular sized) but we'd like pretty ones since we'll only have two. I hope we can find laying hens that would be good for showing in 4H, as well.

    Last edited: May 2, 2009

  2. mamaKate

    mamaKate Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    SE MO
    [​IMG] from SE MO. I started with just 2, but they'r not the same breed. Enjoy the adventure!
  3. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan

    Glad to have you here! [​IMG]
  4. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    It's so hard to decide which breeds! When I got my first batch I just kind of pointed and said, "well, ok... that one". Now that I've had suburban chickens for a year, my flock has grown from the initial 3 to... get ready for this... TEN.

    My girls are:
    1. banty cochin (bit stand-offish, prone to mites)
    2. black sex-link (friendliest bird, head chicken)
    3. rhode island red (a bit skittish, definitely descended from dinosaurs)

    TWEENS (7 weeks old)
    4. australorp (sweetest chicken ever)
    5. buff orpington (very friendly!)

    CHICKS (5 days old)
    6. australorp
    7. barred plymouth rock
    8-9. white-crested blue polish x2 (I think 1 is a splash)
    10. blue cochin (only chick I've ever had/seen that runs to my hand when I reach into the brooder... super friendly & sweet!!)
  6. wingnut1

    wingnut1 Crazy Bird Lady

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  7. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive


  8. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Songster

    Jan 20, 2009
    OMG! Velociraptor!

  9. Suburban_Farmer

    Suburban_Farmer Hatching

    May 2, 2009
    Northern California
    Thanks so much for the welcome, everyone!

    Jennspeeps, Thanks for the rundown on your ladies. I found myself nodding at your descriptions as I have jad some of these breeds ion the past.

    I was wondering about the cochins...we did have one, but it was so long ago. They remind me of warm and busty great-aunts or grandmas with petticoats! A friend recently told me that they aren't the greatest layers - do you think that's true (I know yours is still a chick).

    because we're only getting 2, I probably should go for the ones that'll lay quite well. That said, I LOVE the araucauna because of the Easter eggs and the brown and rosy eggs as well.


  10. Lil_Chickadee

    Lil_Chickadee Songster

    Feb 11, 2009

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