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Is this a good mix of birds for my first flock??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mmtillman, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. I have a rough idea of the chickens I want....:

    8 Dom, 8 RIR, 8 Leghorns, 8 Buff , and 8 Silver Seabrights . With a few cornish to use as meat birds??
    Will probally get 8 of each type, and have 2 roosters in this flock?? Is that a good pick?? Anyone who knows chickens is welcome to advise me if this is a good mix or not ??
    We will be beginning our 2nd flock , ordering from MYpetchicken this spring, since our first flock was wiped out by a coon or fox last summer. [​IMG]
    We are building a new 8x8x7 barn style coop, and it will be very predator proof !!!
    I have our pix on FaceBook.... since my pix wont post on BYC for some ? reason ??
    Will have finished coop pix posted soon!! [​IMG] Then in a few weeks....we will have peep pix!!! CAnt wait !!!
  2. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    Sounds good, but what about some blue eggers! [​IMG]
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
  4. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I agree...what about blue eggs! I always advise more birds...but then again I am an addict and we loves company!
  5. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Depends on your goals for the flock. Are you looking for a variety of breeds and not necessarily great layers? Are you looking for dual purpose types? Are you more interested in ornamentals?

    If you are interested in layers and variety of breeds, why not get 4 of each breed and expand your variety? Say throw in some Light Brahmas and New Hampshires (I'm sold on their huge, glossy deep brown eggs and their beauty!), Partridge Rocks, and Australorps?

    All good layers, heavy meat duality and beautiful colors! [​IMG]
  6. thedeacon

    thedeacon Songster

    Nov 14, 2008
    I agree with beekissed. Last year I ordered RIR & BO. This year I have ordered 8 different breeds of females and 16 different male breeds. I will keep all the females and determine which meet my standards in the next year. I will keep the males to butcher (around 14-18 wks)[​IMG] but plan to keep the 2 that appear the most colorful and or have good flock protection references.

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