New from Colorado

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by aspencoll, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. aspencoll

    aspencoll In the Brooder

    Feb 16, 2013
    Greetings all and happy to join your group. Had chickens, layers and meat birds years ago when the kids were growing up but got out of it for several years. Have a granddaughter now that is a real animal lover and decided to get some layers again. Managed to pick up a free coop but it needs some modifications so I'll need some help but will post where appropriate. Always had RI Reds but interested in hearing about breeds that are docile and good with kids. Excited to have fresh eggs again. Lisa

  2. wsmith

    wsmith Songster

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  3. wsmith

    wsmith Songster

    there are several breeds which have been shown to do very well in Colorado, with our weird and dramatic temperature swings. The ones i raise are American Dominiques (or just Dominiques). They are very docile and friendly, and do really well in cold temperatures. Mine seem to handle the hot summers as well, so long as they have plenty of water and shade. they lay a medium to large sized brown egg. Check out my facebook page noted in my signature for more dominique fun and information
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  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Lisa, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! I think your breed options are wide open. While certain breeds are more people friendly than others, any breed can become docile, in my opinion. I have very friendly Buff Orps, Black and red Stars, Speckled Sussex, and others. Good luck in your choices.
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  5. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Songster

    Jun 26, 2010
    Western Washington
    Howdy from the Springs! Another good choice if you want a mixed flock would be EEs. I have had three and they are very mellow with curious personalities. They do well with the weather up here, pea combs don't get frostbite very easily. And the kids will probably get a kick out of green eggs too! They can be a bit temperamental for a layer though, mine usually stop laying mid spring for a short mini molt and then again in winter.
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  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D
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  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
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    I have americaunas, wyandottes, some longtail varieties that are doing well.

    I also have some Lavender Orpingtons from shipped eggs I got last year.
    If you are near Aspen, the orpington combs dont do well. They get frostbitten!
    Ditto for any other large single comb birds, unless you will have some heat
    for them.

    Good luck with your new flock!
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  9. aspencoll

    aspencoll In the Brooder

    Feb 16, 2013
    thank you, appreciate the info
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hi, Lisa, welcome to BYC. Get those grandkids involved. We need all the young fanciers that can be created.
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