Hello from Indy

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by INDovey, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. INDovey

    INDovey Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wanted to say Hello and nice to be here. I'm just considering starting a small coop of laying hens and figured I would need to learn a few things before bringing any chicks home. This looks like a nice place to learn and share. I figure I will begin with 4-6 brown egg layers and 1 rooster. I've pretty much decided on either Red Star or Australorp. Any input, suggestions or advice would be GREAT.

    I do live on a 36 acre farm with a barn and plan to free range the chickens using the a-frame portable coop and will build an inside coop with in/out run in the barn and barn yard.
     
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  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Here are some sections you can look at to help you get started:

    General:

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

    Coops and housing:

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

    Breeds:

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

    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    Frequently asked chicken questions and answers:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/204/backyardchickens-forum-faq#post_1198

    (scroll down to second post)

    Enjoy the site!
     
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, INDovey, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here! Sumi has you set up with some great research - good luck and enjoy your chickens!
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    [​IMG] from New Mexico!

    You can't go wrong with the Australorp breed. They are all I keep! They are very gentle and docile, easy to handle, are great layers of large brown eggs and can become very affectionate as well. They tolerate the kids too.

    Good luck with your new chicken adventures!
     
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  6. INDovey

    INDovey Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone for the warm welcomes and amazing help... was also wondering about the Black Stars... in comparison to the other two mentioned, any thoughts?
     
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    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  8. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
     
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  10. INDovey

    INDovey Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes the Australorp are a beautiful chicken... I'm really having a problem deciding between them and the Black Star. Both appear to be great warm/cold weather birds, both good egg producers, both lay the lovely large brown eggs that I love. Is there any real advantage to one over the other? I do worry that the Australorp will be too timid and perhaps even a bit nervous. I've heard that if the chickens become nervous they will not produce at well.
     

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