Getting more chickens - help!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by StarLover21, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2011
    So I'm beggining the trek to getting more chickens. I've dreamed of getting more for months now, and I think I can make it work. However there are several steps I will have to complete first. Number one is getting chickens to be legal. We have five, and have had chickens for a few years, and our neighbors are fine...but still, I feel like we should get it legal before we actually get them. Second, we need to build a coop. Something big enough to house 9-10 chickens, but only for at night. I don't want a giant walk-in coop I can lock them in on rainy days. It also has to be predator proof because, even though we live in the city, we have lots of predators. Would 9-10 chickens be too many for urban living? We have a HUGE backyard, but would it be too smelly to have 9-10?
    So, any tips on changing the laws, and any good coop plans? Any general thoughts? Anything is apreciated.
    Also, if you don't have any answers for my other questions, I have another harder question!

    I'm going to order from MPC. I'm going to get 3-4 chicks.
    I'm getting a Salmon Faverolle. No question. But, could you pick 2 or three chicks from this list that are your favorites? I'm mostly looking for freindly!
    Easter Egger
    Buff Orpington
    Barred Rock
    Black Copper Maran
    Buff Orpington
    Speckled Sussex
    Sultan (if you could give me any info on these, that would be great! They're just so fluffy!)
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2012
  2. berniezahm

    berniezahm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 24, 2008
    Giant (LF) Cochins are friendly and fluffy. Buff Orpingtns are great brown egg layers. A third choice could be Silkies if you don't mind a bantum bird. [​IMG]
  3. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2011
    I would love a silkie- but MPC is the only place that sells sexed bantams, and while I am ordering from there, I can't mix bantams with standards :(
  4. audrey02026

    audrey02026 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2011
    Dedham, Ma
    You can mix bantam with standards from MPC. You just need to order more birds I think there min is 3 standards and 5 bantams or 4 mixed. I live in the city and am only allowed 4 but I have 12 and I don't find that they are much more messy or loud than when their were 6.

    Your minimum order is:
    Large Fowl Chicks: 3
    Bantam Chicks: 5
    Mixed Order: 4
  5. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2011
    Oh, wow, thank you! I didn't see that. Okay, I'll edit in silkie to the list!
  6. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2008
    Palominas, Arizona
    My bantam Brahmas were very friendly. Australorps didn't make the list?

    I suggest checking out the Coop & Run and Local Chicken Laws and Ordinances sections for information on those topics.

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