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chickrookie001

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Jan 13, 2016
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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!
 

Birdrain92

Crowing
6 Years
Jun 7, 2013
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Idaho
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!
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?
 

Birdrain92

Crowing
6 Years
Jun 7, 2013
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Idaho
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
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.
 

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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!
 

drumstick diva

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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.
 

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