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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chicks2015, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. chicks2015

    chicks2015 Hatching

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    Hello all. This is my first venture raising chicks. The local feedstore tells me that i may be able to buy them as early as next week. So far i have a red bulb and metal heat lamp....reading all about the first steps thanks to this awesom r web site and member participation. A friend recommended buff orpingtons. I plan to get 3 chicks. Are there pros cons to keeping the three all one breed?ed
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

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

    Ooh! Buff orpingtons! Your friend must be very wise! They are my favorite breed. You'll love them!! They are affectionate, good layers, cold hardy, good foragers and overall a great breed!

    The pros and cons for raising all one breed are
    Pros
    •They'll have a better likelihood of getting along better
    •You'll probably have very friendly birds
    •They'll all require the same amounts of food, space, etc

    Cons
    •You won't get as much experience with breeds
    •They may not like each other
    •You won't get a variety
    •You'll only get brown eggs

    I would check out these five links. They are super informative for first timers[​IMG]
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/advice-for-first-time-chicken-owners
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/orpington
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/top-10-things-to-consider-before-buying-chickens
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-tame-chickens-from-the-start

    Best of luck!
     
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  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  4. matt44644

    matt44644 Songster

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  5. TamiHunter

    TamiHunter Songster

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    Welcome to the BYC! You will find everything and then some on this forum! Great sight for chicken peeps! [​IMG]
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. With only three chickens, I think keeping one breed is good if you really like that breed. I've raised Buff Orpingtons for years, and they are a wonderful breed; very cold hardy, calm and gentle (my children, and now my granddaughter, made lap pets of them), and good layers of large brown eggs. With only three birds, you need to make sure that you don't keep any that turn out to be roosters. The recommended ratio of roosters to hens is 1 rooster for every 10 hens. As they mature, too many roosters will become very hard physically on your hens; over-breeding them, biting and plucking the feathers from their necks and backs, battering them, and potentially, seriously injuring them. Also, I would not recommend using a heat lamp as they seem to lead to too many fires. Feathers are wonderful insulators and Buff Orpingtons are particularly a cold hardy breed. As long as your coop is well ventilated to prevent moisture from building up in it, and dry and draft free, your BOs will be fine. I've raised chickens where winter temperatures dropped to 30 F below zero, and they did just fine. Moisture is a much greater danger than cold. 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.
     
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  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Welcome to the flock, hope you enjoy BYC as much as we do
     

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