Guess what? Chicken butt!

RhodyRooster

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I get my 5 year old niece with the chicken butt joke every time,it's too easy lol. So hi everybody,I'm a new guy,my names Dan,I'm in Rhode Island (so no problem finding Reds right?),in the city actually (Providence). I have a little backyard and a huge love for animals of all kinds and I eat eggs daily,so naturally I started thinking about chickens! This past birthday I got a gift card from 'CLUCK', a local store for "urban farmers" so no more excuses,when life gives you chickens make lemonade... Wait,that's not right. When life gives you lemons,paint them brown and pretend they're chicken eggs? Idk. I would love to hear any breed recommendations y'all might have. I'm also debating building vs buying a coop. Anyway, thanks for having me,and nice to "meet" everyone! Bock-bock (that's my chicken cluck noise,not bad right)
 

sumi

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Welcome to BYC
Glad you joined us! Have a look here for breed suggestions/reviews:

https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds

https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/

On the coop buy vs build, I'd say build. Pre-made coops are expensive and often inadequate for what you need. There are some wonderful coop designs here, if you want ideas/plans:

https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops

Also check out the Learning Centre for more on chickens, raising them, keeping them healthy and happy:

https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

Enjoy the site!
 

TwoCrows

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My Coop
My Coop


Welcome to BYC!

You are too funny! You will fit right into our flock. :)

Lots of nice breeds out there depending on what you are looking for in chickens. I like the friendly docile ones that are also great layers. The Orpingtons fit into this category...very docile, friendly, great layers and very hardy as well. The Buff Orpingtons and the Black Orpingtons are great with these characteristics. My girls follow me around like drooling puppies looking for goodies or a soft lap to sit on. Excellent layers. Barred Rocks, RIR's, EE's Wyandottes...all docile and great at laying.

Here is a couple of nice breeds pages you can take a look at for some info on the breeds and their attributes....

http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html

http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/chickenbreedcomparison.pdf

As for the coop, if you are handy at building, it is cheaper and better to build your own. However there are lots of nice prebuilt coops out there that do come delivered. The only thing with a prebuilt is that these manufacturers will tell you that say 6 hens can fit into this coop when only 3 will really fit. So be careful with that.

Here are our coop pages for some ideas. Many of these are very easy to follow and some even have plans...

https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops

You might also stop by our learning center for any tips and hints you might need on space needed for chickens, raising babies and everything else involved in keeping your new flock...

https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

Well, this will get you started! If you have any further questions, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
 

Kelsie2290

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Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! You've gotten some great advice and links above, good luck with your chicken projects!
 

Bluebee

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Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us. Hopefully the links and info above will help with your questions!

~Bluebee
 

BlessedCountry6

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nice intro!! Your choice of chickens will depend on what you want them for. Meat, Eggs or both. I was needing some calm chicken because I have young kids and I got great recommendations here. There are tons to read on all sorts of topics and some funny ppl sprinkled here and there throughout the site. Welcome to BYC!
 

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