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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Luluchix, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. Luluchix

    Luluchix New Egg

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    There are several egg laying chickens I am interested in raising. Would you recommend getting at least two of each breed (Orpington , Holland, Ameraucana, Wellsummer, Plymouth Rock):cdor could I get one of each?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You can certainly get one of each. Many of us do that and it works out well.
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. If you want two of each breed, there's no reason not to go for it. All of the breeds in your list will get along fine as long as they are not overcrowded and you don't have too many roosters. Being overcrowded can quickly lead to aggression, fights, biting and feather plucking, and even cannibalism. The recommend ratio of roosters to hens is 1 rooster for every 10 hens. As they mature and their hormones kick in, 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. The only reason you really need a rooster is to fertilize eggs for hatching and 1 rooster can easily handle 10-15 hens in that regard. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  5. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!!
     
  6. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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    One of each is fine. Variety is the spice of life!
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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