Newby in NW Arkansas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Iowano, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Iowano

    Iowano New Egg

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    Hello

    I'm new, I live in a house with a small back yard in a middle class neighborhood, and I'd like to try starting with 3 hens in an ark sometime this fall. A friend has lent me many books on chickens, so I'm reading up as much as I can. Our city recently decided to allow chickens, but under strict guidelines.

    However, I have two questions that I can't find answers for yet, so maybe someone here can help me or direct me to the proper forum.

    One question is about predators. We have lots of possums, raccoons, and even a stray fox and coyote in the neighborhood. The books say bury the chicken wire several inches deep around the run so the predators can't dig underneath. But what about an ark or small chicken tractor? How do I keep predators from digging under those if I leave for work at 6:00 a. m. and sometimes come home after dark?

    Question #2: Can I just mix and match 3 different chickens (so we can get different colored eggs)? Is there a way of knowing if they'll get along? My potential list so far is: Leghorn (just for getting the most eggs), Ameraucana, Welsummer, Australorps, Marans, Barnwelder, Hubbard Golden Comet, and Penedesenca. I really want mostly brown eggs.

    Well, that's where I am right now in my quest for chickens. I'll appreciate any advice!

    "Iowano" (but living in the Ozarks)
     
  2. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from WA. glad u joined us [​IMG]
     
  3. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can mix breeds without any problems. I don't know how you would secure an ark or tractor. If no one chimes in on this post, ask again under the coop building. It might be seen more there.

    It's great that you can own chickens now. You will love them!!
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    [​IMG] from Kansas! Glad to have you aboard! I concur with AZBootsie about posting in the other forums for more specialized advice. One thing you will be told is to not use chicken wire which raccoons go through without much trouble, but hardware cloth instead. Best of luck to you and your birds!! [​IMG]
     
  5. ghillie

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  6. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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  7. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Good question. I can't answer it but I'd try looking in the "Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance" section for an answer.

    Question #2: Can I just mix and match 3 different chickens (so we can get different colored eggs)? Is there a way of knowing if they'll get along? My potential list so far is: Leghorn (just for getting the most eggs), Ameraucana, Welsummer, Australorps, Marans, Barnwelder, Hubbard Golden Comet, and Penedesenca. I really want mostly brown eggs.

    Yep, you can mix breeds in your flocks, just about everyone does for one reason or another.
    If you'd like an idea on eggs, temperament, etc. try this: http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html#d

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  8. Kountreefok

    Kountreefok Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Hi and welcome. Glad you can have chickens...you'll love 'em! Never had any problems mixing breeds just remember they're individuals and like people will have individual preferences. even a few will still have to establish, and re-establish, a pecking order together so you may find it easier to start with birds that were raised together if you can. good luck and have fun!
     
  9. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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  10. what's kickin' chicken

    what's kickin' chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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