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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by johnwood, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. johnwood

    johnwood New Egg

    Apr 9, 2016
    Palm Bay, FL
    Hello everyone! I will be new to raising chickens, but have wanted to for many years. Recently my wife finally got on board and I am in the process of building a coop. In Palm Bay, FL, we are allowed to have up to four hens, no roosters.

    At first we were going to get pullets, but after spending some time reading, perhaps we will start out with chicks. The general consensus seems to be that the breed of chicken is not as important to what they grew up with as far as handling is concerned. We have small children and hope that they can all get along well.

    I think it would be a great experience for the children to learn responsibility. Of course in the end, I am sure I will be doing all the work but that is okay too.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC, and good luck with the coop building and in establishing your flock.
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us.

    The Learning Centre is a great resource, even for experienced poultry keepers - loads of info on anything poultry. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - just type the name of your state in the search box.

    All the best
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  4. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

    May 10, 2013
    I'll be in the barn!
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  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Some chickens are docile and some are flighty or aggressive despite how they are raised. Generally Buff orpingtons, Cochins, Salmon faverolles tend to be docile breeds
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  7. johnwood

    johnwood New Egg

    Apr 9, 2016
    Palm Bay, FL
    Thank you everyone! From what I have read and has been recommended, I am thinking Buff Orpingtons may be for us. At least until we can move somewhere more rural life friendly.

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