Help with choosing my breeds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by cassada2604, May 27, 2011.

  1. cassada2604

    cassada2604 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am interested in purchasing 3 egg laying hens. I have 2 children, ages 3 & 2. So, they must be easy going and good with children. I also have neighbors nearby, so I would prefer them to be quiet. I am thinking about purchasing a Buff Orpington, Australorp, and a Barred Plymouth Rock. What are your thoughts????
     
  2. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

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    Those are good calm breeds. But just know that while hens do not crow, they do make a lot of noise when laying their egg. It does not really matter the breed on that one.
     
  3. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    1st welcome

    2nd get new neighbors

    3rd you will need more chickens

    4th fun age of kids...want some a little older?

    5th good breeds you need more

    6th once you get them you will understand the get more thing

    7th i ain't got nothing else
     
  4. Chicky Monkey

    Chicky Monkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new to chickens this year and have 2 silver-laced Wyandottes, 3 barred Plymouth rocks, 2 New Hampshire reds and 4 buff orpingtons. My buff orpingtons are my fav's and are the most quiet and gentle. Had I to do it over again, I would have only gotten the buffs. I couldn't find any australorps...I've heard really good things about them! Good Luck!
     
  5. cassada2604

    cassada2604 Out Of The Brooder

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    How many should I get? We are transforming a medium to large cedar dog house into a chicken coop and building a run off that. It should look pretty nice. I've never owned chickens and I am trying to do as much research as I can. There is SO MUCH INFO!!!
     
  6. v.cyr

    v.cyr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know I may be a little strange for saying this, but with kids that age, avoid the barred rocks... everybody has always told me how gentle and friendly that breed is, but in my personal experience, they have been the most aggressive towards people...I have dealt with several barred rocks, and even owned(note the usage of past tense) some of them, and each one( hens and roosters alike) would just as soon attack you as look at you... the Orps have a well deserved reputation for friendliness ... I have only ever dealt with one Aussie(one of the Roos we have right now) and he is a little stand offish, but not aggressive in any way...
     
  7. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

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    Quote:How many are you allowed to have? LOL I started with four.......now I have about 50-60. But some of those I am growing out to decide if i wnt to keep them to show or breed, and my ducks are included in that number.
     

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