Greetings from Md--Newbie

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by scoteroni, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. scoteroni

    scoteroni New Egg

    Jan 8, 2009
    Hi All,

    What a wonderful place here on the 'net. Our family is just getting into this, and I'm so glad to have found BYC. We've got four kids on about 4 acres in Maryland. I'm a work at home lawyer type so I believe I'll have the time to devote to a decent flock at some point.

    Boy, do we have questions! Our hope is to have about 12 chickens, mainly as layers. My wife wants to make sure the chickens are a gentle and friendly breed, and I would prefer a non-flying breed. (Please forgive me if I don't know any of the chicken lingo yet--hope I'm doing OK so far).

    Does anyone have any suggestions for a breed that would do that?

    Oh, one other thing. I've been reading chicken books and seeing some really beautiful roosters--very striking color combinations with gold or rust neck hackles. Does anyone have a personal breed favorite for a really nice looking, LOUD (yes, we like loud crowing!) bird that would not be too aggressive? Do those qualities all come together in one bird?

    Like I said, lots and lots of questions.

    Thanks for this great site!

  2. yanks26

    yanks26 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 9, 2009
    Welcome aboard!
  3. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY

    My buff orpingtons are good layers, gentle and fly like rocks. Our buff orpington rooster is very docile but he likes to crow alot.
  4. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    Glenn Dale, MD
    Hello Steve:

    I am in Glenn Dale, MD. Are you near by?

    I know you have lots of questions, I still do. I have had hens for a year and a half now and learn something new all the time, especially on BYC. My advice for getting started is:

    1) to read this site. You will learn soooooo much.

    2) to have your henhouse BUILT before you order/buy your chicks. So many things can go wrong with a building project.

    3) to be ready to fall in love with your chickens.

    As for breeds, I have 3 australorps and 1 each of production red, white and barred Plymouth rock, silver and gold laced wyandote, and buff orpington. I enjoy them all. The only one with a poor disposition is one of the australorps, Sweetums. She is on the bottom of the pecking order and I would always be in a bad mood if everyone pecked me on the head all the time. [​IMG]
    My australorps do not fly but my others have no trouble getting over a 6' fence. Anyway, read the suggestions on this discussion board and jump in. You will probably be happy with whatever you get.

    Welcome to Chickendom.
  5. Dandelion007

    Dandelion007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2008
    Durant, OK

    Wish you the best luck in finding your breed!
  6. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Hello and Welcome from TN! [​IMG]

  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
  8. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 5, 2007
    Hey steve I am a fellow MDer her in Towson MD I have 15 hens and two cockerals (need to be rehomed). My breed choice for you would be Salmon Faverolle or Marans both are very docile beautiful chickens with large very calm but loud roosters. My flock has been great in our suburban neighborhood and everyone loves the fresh eggs although they aren't laying to well right now [​IMG] If you have any questions or are near by and want to visit don't hesitate to ask. By the way I am only 16 but have brought chickens to my suburban neighborhood. We only have a 2 acre plot though. WELCOME !!!!!!!!
  9. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
  10. KayP

    KayP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2008
    Baltimore, MD
    Hi Steve,
    I'm in Baltimore. I'm new to this chicken business, too, so my opinions are not worth too much yet. My girls are about 24 weeks and the RIR and Red Star have begun to lay, but the beautiful and sweet Golden Laced Wyandotte has not. The Red Star's eggs have been large and coming almost every day since she started a month ago. But I love all these girls; they're totally awesome and really funny. Good luck!

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