Just starting out with chickens.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickpics, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. chickpics

    chickpics Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 21, 2017
    Malabar, FL
    I"m a long time lurker, and finally registered. For years I wanted hens but couldn't convince the HOA to permit them, so we saved up, left the subdivision and bought 5 acres in rural Malabar, FL late last year.
    Now I'm waiting for the call from the post office that my order of 15 buff orpingtons are here. Woohoo!

    Thanks for having me.
  2. CookieChicken18

    CookieChicken18 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 6, 2017
    Yay! I love my buff orpington. Good luck with your flock!
  3. chickpics

    chickpics Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 21, 2017
    Malabar, FL
    Thanks! I actually wanted an assortment (like 1 of each hen) but I got scared after reading the pecking order threads and learning how smaller hens are a bit more vulnerable to bullying... so I decided I will start with one cohesive flock of gentle birds to learn the ropes, and then maybe I'll add more later when I'm braver and more experienced. Right now I just want to enjoy the birds(as pets), relish their eggs, and educate my kids in the process.
  4. ejcrist

    ejcrist Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2015
    Desert Hills, AZ
    You can't go wrong with the Opringtons. I even integrated 16 nine-week old California Gray pullets with my two adult Opringtons and there weren't any issues at all. They were living in a pen next to them prior so maybe that had something to do with it but I've never had an integration go so smoothly.

    As a general rule I think you'd be fine with different breeds as long as they were all the same type - such as all large fowl or all bantams. The only case I heard of certain breeds having issues is when you mix some ornamental breeds such as Crested Polish with non-ornamental's. From what I heard and read the regular birds can't resist pulling the feathers out of their crests. Also the crested types usually have restricted vision due to the crest so they're more vulnerable. Other than that though I think in general you'd be fine.
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  5. CookieChicken18

    CookieChicken18 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 6, 2017
    My buff is best friends with a Rhode Island Red, so breeds don't always determine the pecking order in your flock. Most of my birds are complete pushovers though, so it works out.
  6. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    BOs are on the top of my list! Great birds!
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, chickpics, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! My experience is more about the birds being raised up together - I have a very diverse flock with chickens of various breeds and sizes, but I've had no trouble as they were all raised together as babies. Just my two cents. Also, if you'd like to chat with some other Florida poultry folk, locate your state thread in this link: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you
    Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
  8. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Howdy, and welcome to the flock! Glad you decided to join us, please make yourself at home here and enjoy BYC! :frow

  9. silkieRaiser

    silkieRaiser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 13, 2016
    Seattle, Washington
    My Coop

    Hope to see you and your new poultry around the forums!!!
  10. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under chickpics [​IMG] Welcome!

    Congratulations on the new property and the opportunity to now have chickens ... Enjoy!

    I hope you also enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]

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