Me and family are so excited to start our coop and have so many questions

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Stedman, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. Stedman

    Stedman Out Of The Brooder

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    We are gonna start off small with 4 hens. We were thinking on 2 Rhode Island reds and 2black australorps. We are looking for them to be pets as well as egg producers. One question I have is though could I get four different breeds one of each or would that have any negative impact on their well being ?
     
  2. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

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    Hi, welcome to BYC!!

    It shouldn't matter what breed they are as long as they all grow up together. :)
    Rhode Island Reds and Black Australorps are both great breeds, hardy and duel-purpose (meaning you can eat them or gather eggs :p ).
    I actually have a few of both of those breeds right now that grew up together. :)
    Best of luck to you :frow
     
  3. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard a couple of folks say that some RIR can be a bit aggressive...but, the same could be said for individuals from other breeds.

    Barred rocks and buff orpingtons are also good layers and mostly friendly chickens. Australorps are supposed to be pretty good chickens, too.

    Just some food for thought... :)

    Ed
     
  4. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, look a the adult size of the birds, too. If you could get birds that will be about the same adult size then this might help prevent any bullying later on. Ed
     
  5. AllynTal

    AllynTal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Building your own coop? I applaud you. That's better than getting a premade, dollhouse coop. You're planning to "start off small with 4 hens," but trust me when I tell you to build the coop for at least twice that many; at least a 32-square-foot coop. Trust me.
     
  6. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    Hi and welcome to BYC! Nope, mixing and matching is totally fine and very common! Thanks for joining us! [​IMG]
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Cochins are another good breed, docile and the hens tend to be good mamas.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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