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Newbie in SoCal deciding to raise 2 chickens in my small backyard... Suggestions appreciated!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SoCal ChickaD, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. SoCal ChickaD

    SoCal ChickaD Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello fellow chicken lovers! I have always wanted chickens and I am thinking of getting 2 hens to raise in my small Southern California backyard. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. [​IMG]
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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  3. SoCal ChickaD

    SoCal ChickaD Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you!
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] it would be better if you got 3 hens. If you only have two and you lose one - it's hard to find a new companion that will get along with the surviving hen. Chickens are flock animals and do much better with a buddy or two.
     
  5. mamabigbird

    mamabigbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My niece started with three and eventually two died so she was still left with one old girl, which we took in to our flock. We have a bit of a retirement home going on here. So, with newbies being added from time to time they seem to integrate well.

    I suggest that you get as many or few as you feel comfortable with. Eventually you will have a loner but can always add a new flock mate as needed. Chickens adapt pretty quickly but do best in flock environment. Have fun and welcome to BYC.
     
  6. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! I would get 3 or 4 chickens at least and [​IMG].
     
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  7. SoCal ChickaD

    SoCal ChickaD Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much for the replies! I am looking at a coop that is suitable for 2 hens about 82Ll x 36W, with room for 2 nesting boxes. Thus, thinking of getting 2 hens. I wonder if 3 would fit? Any suggestions on what breed is best for small spaces, friendly and lays colored (blue etc.) eggs? I really want hens that do well as pets and are good egg layers...
     
  8. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

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    EE's are a good breed and will sometimes lay colored eggs :)
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! If you want standard hens that lay colored eggs, EEs are probably the way to go as the hatchery ones are usually smaller and usually lay better than the Ameraucana, Legbars etc. You might consider getting bantams, they don't lay as well as the standards but some are decent layers and they are quite a bit smaller. Hendersons chicken breed chart compares a lot of common breeds.http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html#j
     
  10. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve. :frow
     

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