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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jay C, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. Jay C

    Jay C New Egg

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    Hello all
    Family man, 3 kids oldest 11 and live in Barrow Upon Humber UK,
    My hobby is pest control and target shooting

    We have wanted chickens for some time now and found ourself buying a chicken coop in with the deal we did on a greenhouse recently;)

    The coop is now up and ready for four girls and with that in mind i thought it be best to join a forum on the said subject with it be our first time owning birds ourself's.

    Now the coop says it's for four but there's only two nest boxes inside but plenty of room in the space before the nest boxes though, is this correct and will it be ok for four birds with only two nests?

    Second, what be the best bird to get for a starter like ourself's?
    also i'm thinking of young birds to start will this be best?.. reason i ask is, will it make them more easy to handle?

    Got plenty other question to ask but i'll leave it here for now, don't want to be burning member minds out with a noval for a first post..[​IMG]

    thanks for your time,
    Jay.
     
  2. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    la porte, In
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  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
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  4. TaLani

    TaLani ~ Gemini Chick ~

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    Bryson City, NC
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  5. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Near San Fran Ca
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    The best way to choose a breed to start with is to ask what you want them for.

    Pets Silkies cochins
    Meat cornish X
    Show white black tail Japanese or sebrights
    Eggs leghorn, production red, australorps


    Then there are many that are multipurpose These are just a few I like
     
  6. Jay C

    Jay C New Egg

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    Quote:Hi there,
    yes they be for eggs.
    so need to be looking for leghorn, production red or australorps is this correct?

    thanks for your time,
    Jay.
     
  7. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    Or you can never go wrong with EE's great pets and good egg layers. Plus the added benefit of blue eggs are fun. Good luck and [​IMG] !!!
     
  8. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    I don't think you can go wrong with Orpingtons, and they are a breed from Britain, so all the better! Great layers, generally great pets, very hardy and love to forage. They come in a number of colors, black is the original of the breed, and buff is now the most popular in the US. Australorps are Australia's version of the Orpington, and also a good choice.

    two nests is enough for up to about 6-8 birds, or so I've read, so you should be fine with four birds [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2009
  9. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    [​IMG], Jay!

    Glad to have you here! [​IMG]
     
  10. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    Agreed! [​IMG]

    Oh, and 2 nesting boxes are PLENTY for 4 birds. They share, in fact all four may all chose to lay in just 1 of those 2. You're golden! [​IMG]
     

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