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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mudkings, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. mudkings

    mudkings New Egg

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    Hello just wanted to say hello. Me and my 3 daughters are wanting to add chickens to our list on animals. I'm in the process of building my coop now and will build a run on to it once I get it built and moved into position. Looks to be alot of info on here and that's why I joined. I've already used alot of ideas in my coop that I got from this site. I think my girls have decided they like the rhode island reds the best that's what we'll probably end up with but I wanna wait in till I get the coop built first.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC, and good luck in establishing your flock.
     
  3. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    I'm a RIR fan myself. But I have to say, they aren't the cuddliest of chickens if you're looking for a lap-sitting pet for your daughters. They are great egg layers and very spunky. I'm not trying to discourage you from them, I love mine, but they can be pretty independent.

    Good luck on your coop build. It's nice BYC has already been of help to you!
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on NorthFlChick's post. RIRs are excellent layers but as myself and other BYC members can attest, they are sometimes aggressive, particularly hatchery quality RIRs (not the best children's breed). If you want a good layer where children are concerned, I would recommend going with one of the breeds that has a well deserved reputation for being calm and gentle (good lap pets) such as Australorps (excellent layers), Faverolles, Orpingtons, Sussex, or Brahmas. Of course there can always be an exception with any breed. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    I and [​IMG] - glad that you have joined us. You have some good advice already regarding suitable breeds, but it may be an idea to get a variety so you can see what suits you. There is no doubt that you will want more chickens before too long, so the greater the variety you try now, the better decision you will make in the future.

    All the best
    CT
     
  7. mudkings

    mudkings New Egg

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    Thanks for the advice. I'll look into the other breeds that was mentioned. I have a little time before getting the chickens so I'll study up on different breeds. Right now all my reclaimed lumber is buried in snow. My coop is 8x8 raised 2ft. Hoping to put roughly a 8x30 run that I can walk into. The coop will be a little bigger than I need at the beginning but should have room to grow. I'm building the coop in my garage then I'll move it out back when done. Thanks for the info
     
  8. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    You are welcome. As for snow - even the mere mention of the word makes me shudder - thats why i moved to Kenya! [​IMG]

    CT
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens - always better to have the coop before the birds. Would love to see your build once it is finished.
     
  10. mudkings

    mudkings New Egg

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    I will post some pics when done. I should probably take pics during the build also. Maybe I'll start a new thread in the appropriate section
     

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