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Mom & Daughter Chicken project - first timers

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CmoBurke13, Jan 6, 2015.

  1. CmoBurke13

    CmoBurke13 New Egg

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    My daughter is 9 and has been researching owning backyard chickens for about 7 months. we are now to the point where we have agreed to get 2-4 chickens this spring. We think we would like 2 Barred Rock and 2 Rhode Island Reds. Is it okay to have a mix of breed?

    I am sure I will be reading a lot of articles in the coming months. So happy to have found your website!
     
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Having a mix of breeds is no problem, especially if they are docile breeds. RIRs can sometimes be aggressive (especially the roosters), but Barred Rocks are robust and strong enough to hold their own with the RIRs. Just be sure only 4 chickens in the flock to get all hens; no roosters or your hens will get over-bred, battered, and potentially, seriously injured by the rooster(s) as it(they) mature. The recommended ratio of roosters to hens is 1 rooster for every 10 hens for this very reason. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting your flock.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    Yes, it is fine to mix breeds. I have a Rhode Island Red living with two Wyandottes and an Easter Egger. They get along well, most of the time.
     
  4. dragon30276

    dragon30276 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome. This will be a great amount of fun for you both. I have RR and BR together with no problem. Both are a good dual purpose breed (good layers and meat producers). Not sure where you are getting your chickens from but I would suggest they be about the same age. Hens for now as a rooster with a flock that small initially may do damage to only three hens. Anyway, i am sure you will get lots of great advise and the best knowledge comes from trying and it seems like you are on your way. Enjoy.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Good luck with your future chickens! Having a mixed flock is perfectly fine.
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     
  7. lightningcc

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    I think its great having kids involved! Welcome and good luck. I have black Australorp and silkies mixed.
     
  8. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. CrazyChookz

    CrazyChookz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Greetings and [​IMG]. We're happy to answer any of your questions so please don't hesitate to ask! Good luck with your flock.
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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