Newbie from nw Indiana

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickman70, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. chickman70

    chickman70 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everybody I'm one of the new kids here. I'm going to be starting my flock with 2 chicks in the next few days and hope that I enjoy it enough to grow my herd! I look forward to using some great ideas I've seen here for coops and brooder advise I've read.

    I'll be starting with a tractor for now and maybe moving up from there.

    I'm looking to get a RIR and a barred rock to start. Are these docile and family friendly? I have 2 young kids that will be handling them so I'm looking for some docile birds...

    Thanks for any and all advice in advance!

    Randy
     
  2. toe373

    toe373 New Egg

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    hey i am a newbie here too, i have a magazine with different chicken breeds and it says that the Rhode Island Red hens are calm and easy to handle but the roosters can become aggressive. not sure about the barred rocks
     
  3. Natibrati1

    Natibrati1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have some barred rock eggs in my incubator there's 2 of them that were mine and they were fertile they hatch in 8 days so let me no
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
     
  5. Natibrati1

    Natibrati1 Out Of The Brooder

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    The gray barred rooster are good but cochins are realy good
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    You might like to do some reading in our learning center here on BYC. Lots of good reads on all aspects of keeping poultry from building the coop, brooding and raising your new babies, feeding your adult flock and keeping them healthy and safe.There is even a section on making brooders as well...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Rhode Island Reds and Barred Rocks are very docile and friendly birds. Spend a lot of time with your new babies, and they will bond nicely with you.

    Great to have you aboard and if you have any other questions, feel free to ask!
     
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  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Oh, and make sure the young kids don't kiss the babies and always wash your hands after handling baby chicks. :)
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Kids especially seem to love silkies - they aren't known as great layers but, a lot of people keep some as natural incubators. Some hens go broody often. If you swap out their eggs for any breed of fertile eggs you choose, the broody will hatch it as her own. Cochins are another breed good with kids - then also come in a bantam size - if your kids are young.
     
  10. gander007

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