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Hello From PA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ifish, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. Ifish

    Ifish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ran across this website while researching chicken breeds. So much info on here, I have spent all my spare time reading as much as I can over the last couple of days. Yet, some questions remain, so here I am.

    My wife and I had a small farm in South Central PA with a large flock of Red Sex Link's for years. The most ever was 200 hens, but average was about 125. They were all free ranged, cooped at night. Still lost at least 50% each year to predators. We sold the eggs as a hobby and just enjoyed it, not to make money. Over the years it got tiresome buying chicks each year so we let the flock go down to 20 birds. Even then, we still lost chickens to predators. Bought some chicks from the local Ace Hardware one year to supplement the losses. I forget what breed they were supposed to be, but we ended up with some very large, fluffy, white roosters. We let them go until one attacked our two year old daughter. He raked her across her belly in front of my wife. Wife beat the rooster to death with a shovel, and that was the end of our chickens.

    Fast forward 4 years. We have moved to a new farm, daughter has grown, and we are looking for new chickens. Only this time I want to keep it small and focus on standard breeding of a single flock. My daughter is very interested in joining the Cloverbuds and I would like to get some ready for her to show in competitions, as well as provide eggs and meat for us and family. So I have been trying to learn about the Dual Purpose/Heritage breeds, and ran across this wonderful site.

    I have learned so much already.

    Thanks, Rob
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Hello, Rob, welcome to BYC, and congratulations on your new home. Good luck establishing your flock.
     
  3. Ifish

    Ifish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. It's been a lot of work, but coming together. Hope to have the new coop and run ready by May.
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome, Rob! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our BYC "flock".

    Have you thought about which breeds you want yet? Some dual-purpose breeds that I would recommend would be Wyandottes, Australorps, Orpingtons, and Plymouth Rocks.

    I hope the coop construction goes well! Remember, if you have any questions, just ask- we'll be happy to help in any way we can.[​IMG]
     
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  6. Ifish

    Ifish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, and yes I have narrowed the breeds. Unfortunately they are not what you listed. [​IMG]

    I am interested in Delaware's, Dominique's, and Dorking's. Still need to find some breeder stock of each breed to see them before going in. Delaware's are leading since a good breeder is only 20 min from me.

    Daughter likes the Dominiques and the Wife wants Cubalaya's.

    So I am closer to building the coop (which is not even started) than picking a breed. [​IMG]
     
  7. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Once you get your chicks, you'll have to let us know what you end up with. Glad to hear that painful encounter with a roo didn't scare your daughter away from birds!
     
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Those breeds are fine too.[​IMG] I was just listing some of the more common ones. Delawares in particular are a great dual purpose breed that when bred properly, grow quickly and are good layers too.
     
  9. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Glad you joined the flock. What type of predator(s) were causing you the most grief? You might check out the predator threads to see how others deal with them.
     

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