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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by psychocircus91, May 30, 2016.

  1. psychocircus91

    psychocircus91 New Egg

    May 29, 2016
    Hey everybody,
    My name is Don, and I am from Maryland. I am in the process of buying my first home. Once everything starts to settle, I am considering getting some chickens. I have barely scratched the surface with my research, but I am big on joining forums to learn. I have owned doves and various parrots in the past.

    Some breeds I am considering are:

    Speckled sussex
    silver laced Wyandotte
    gold lace Wyandotte
    Easter egger
    Buff orpington
    Barred Plymouth rock

    I am looking for them as "pets" with eggs being an added bonus. I am looking to get about 3 chickens.
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello and welcome to BYC! You have some nice breeds on that list. You should definitely go for it and get some chickens when you move! You won't regret it! However I do advise you to build your coop big enough to fit more chickens than you expect to get. Chicken math waits for no coop addition!
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  3. psychocircus91

    psychocircus91 New Egg

    May 29, 2016
    Thanks for the reply! There is a large shed on the property I'm looking at that I think may be appropriate to convert into a coop, but I will have to analyze it more closely. I'm only on about a half acre with this property, so want to be sure not to overdo it.
  4. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Don and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. I'm sure that you have checked out the Breeds section and googled breed comparison charts - planning is great fun.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center, and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    All the best
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  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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  6. psychocircus91

    psychocircus91 New Egg

    May 29, 2016
    Hi there,
    Actually, I haven't compared breeds at all yet. That's why my list is somewhat sizeable. I chose the ones that appeal to me based on appearance/availability. I have yet to look into temperaments, climate tolerance, ect. Planning species/breeds of pets is always a fun experience.

    Thank you very much.
  7. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

    Mar 1, 2015
    :frow Hi, and welcome to BYC!!

    All those breeds you have listed are great!! They're all great layers, so expect lots of eggs! Buff Orpington are one of the friendliest breeds. Good luck!
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  8. psychocircus91

    psychocircus91 New Egg

    May 29, 2016
    Thanks for the information! I have a lot of research to do, but that is a nice little jump start!
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Don, Welcome to Backyard chickens.

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