My husband told me I needed to research as we begin....

coachjanae

Hatching
6 Years
Apr 29, 2013
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We are excited about getting chickens. Going to pick up the coop today. I have done a bit of research, but am more the type to
just go for it! My husband not so much. He is not so keen on the work of chickens, but his coldness is a front, underneath is a big hearted guy that will be taking chicken little to bed with him at night.

I want to raise them from chics - because I have 1,3,5 yr old boys who would absolutely love it. I also know I want 1 Brahma Chicken - with the cute hairy feet.

? - What other breeds do you recommend for Central Oregon - cold winters yet good layers?
? If I get 2 now as babies - is it hard to introduce 2 later?
? Any tips on raising them - other than cleaning the diarrhea bottom?

Thank you...for your insight! I know my husband...and I appreciate your time and wisdom.
 

redsoxs

Crowing
8 Years
Jul 17, 2011
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North Central Kansas
Greetings from Kansas, coachjanae, and
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! Great to have you aboard! Here's a great place to compare breeds! Good luck to you!

http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html
 

jessalea22

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 20, 2013
11
1
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Mississippi
My hubby is the same way......against at first and now has spend two weekends building a chicken tractor. I know my Uncle had 13 chickens he got about 6 weeks ago. A hawk got all but two within a days time. Well, he tried to bring 3 baby chicks in and the older chicks pecked the new chicks to death. This was just a couple days ago. I have read that it can be difficult to introduce baby chicks to older chickens. May have to wait until they are fully feathered to introduce new ones. :)
 

crf1

Hatching
6 Years
Apr 29, 2013
8
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Pennsylvania
Black jersey giants are good for cold winters and I get an egg a day from each hen. I live in pa and it gets pretty cold here and my girls did great. My rooster got a little frost bite on his comb but other than that no problems this winter.
 

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
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Aug 26, 2009
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cochins also have hairy(feathered) feet and come in large fowl, or bantam size. You might want to head for the Learning Center and then Raising Backyard Poultry - you are in good hands here
 

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