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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickrookie001, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. chickrookie001

    chickrookie001 New Egg

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    Thanks for having me! Brand new to raising chickens and building our first coop now! Does anyone know where to get full grown chickens maybe mid February to get started? We want to get some chicks but thinking we need a hen to get us going with some eggs. So excited to do this with and for my family!
     
  2. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock! Maybe try looking at your local Craigslist and type in laying hens or pullets. Do you have a breed in mind or do you want some suggestions?
     
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    I am needing some suggestions. I have two kids and we are looking for ones that have blue and brown eggs. We are complete rookies! TIA
     
  4. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blue egg layers include: Ameracauna and Cream Legbar. Brown egg layers can be: Australorp, Sex-link, Rhode Island Red, Plymouth Rock, Brahma. Really dark brown egg layers include: Welsummer and Marans.
     
  5. chickrookie001

    chickrookie001 New Egg

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    Thank you so much for the info! Glad to be part of the group!
     
  6. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    When I was researching breeds for my first flock, this chart was invaluable. It lists breeds, color of eggs, broodiness, behavior traits, etc.
    http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html

    See the note in the column for Ameracauna's...a lot of the ones being sold as such are really Easter Eggers. And EE are great birds, but not a true breed.

    Once you narrow down the breeds you're interested in, you can see member reviews by breed here:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds

    Good luck and have fun!
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    BLack Australorps are very good brown egg layers - you can ask Birdrain about their temperament etc. He has a beautiful flock of them. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
     
  8. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! Black Australorps are very docile, don't stress easy, very friendly.Black Australorps are my favorite.
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    Simple-country Out Of The Brooder

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    I love my cream leg bars and Swedish flowers! Sweet and so much fun to watch!
     
  10. chickrookie001

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    Thank you all so much! Great info! And I think we will start with some of these! Very excited to get out coop going!
     

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