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New Guy from AZ

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cloaking-chickens, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. cloaking-chickens

    cloaking-chickens In the Brooder

    Nov 18, 2011
    Greetings Everyone,

    I would like to begin by stating after finding this site in February I purchased four Rhode Island Red chicks. This site made raising chickens look like fun, so I did it, and want to take it to the next level. The problem I had from the beginning was I live in a development with a HOA…which hates chickens!! I don’t care much for people telling me want I can and can not do, so I got the chickens, and have kept them hidden for 9 months. Well, no more cloaking chickens! My wife and I are moving and I’m going to increase my flock (no HOA). Our new house has a carport type house/shed that can cover a couple of tractors and an RV. I should be able to erect a 500 sq ft chicken coop using a portion of the preexisting structure and provide 2 acres of free range space.

    If you don’t mind I would also like to ask my first question? I currently have 4 RIR’s and they are great, 3 to 4 eggs a day (4 eggs for 20 days straight). I could increase my flock by buying more RIR’s, but I have been reading about buff orpington chickens and wanted to know if they can coexist? My goal would be to have 15 RIR’s and 15 orpintons, with one rooster for each. If they can coexist, I could have chicks from both breeds every season. I know it’s still winter, but I like planning, and being organized. Thank you for any assistance.

  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    Welcome! Glad you joined. I'm not an expert but I would think that they could. I have some Buff orpington (3) and two other breeds and they are doing fine. i'm sorry I'm not much help.
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  4. CheerioLounge

    CheerioLounge Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    California High Desert
    [​IMG] from Twentynine Palms in the California high desert. You'll find lots of friendly and knowledgeable folks here who are always ready to help. Enjoy!
  5. Welcome to BYC! And hop over to the AZ thread to meet the neighbors. Congrats on the new home.
  6. Wingsfan

    Wingsfan In the Brooder

    Nov 23, 2011
    Duvall, WA
    Welcome and congratulations on the new digs. Great you will have space for more chickens. We have a variety including RIR and Buff Orps. The Orps seem to do fine in the mix but are lower on the totem pole. Best of luck!
  7. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    southern ohio
    [​IMG] from Ohio

  8. No problems with the mix!
    [​IMG] [​IMG] from Washington State glad you joined us!
  9. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  10. Howdy from Austin, Texas.

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