RIR~ Barnies~ Orpingtons help needed :)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Elzy, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. Elzy

    Elzy In the Brooder

    Hi there,

    I am going to be getting about 5-6 chooks by the end of this year, beginning of summer 2014. I have basically decided what breeds I will be getting. I am going to be getting 2 Rhode Island Reds(RIR), 2 Barnevelders(Barnies) and 1-2 Orpingtons. I was wondering if anyone could give me some feed back on these breeds, since Im a beginner. I have had a quick look at the breed reviews, but need some guidance and people who have owned any of these breeds. do they all mix well together, are they good egg layers, are they friendly etc. Thank you :)

  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I love my Buff Orpingtons.

    Black Australorps lay a little better though and are sweet too from my experience.

    I have both, as I love them both! My BOs are friendly and enjoy coming up to me to say hi. They probably give me about three eggs a week per girl.

    They are in their second year. They do go broody and quit laying when they are broody. So your RIRs will be your best layers.
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! Google the Henderson's Chicken Breed chart, that should help you out. Good luck.
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    RIR tend to be more active and sometimes more aggressive than the other 2 breeds you mentioned, this is more of an issue in small tight spaces - they do better if given plenty of space to move around.
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Hello again, Elzy, and [​IMG]! Pleased to have you with us! The chart liz9910 suggested is very helpful. Good luck to you!


    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
  7. Elzy

    Elzy In the Brooder

    Thanks everyone :) I will check out that chart. Its also good advice about the RIR being a better mix with the other two breeds if in a big spaced area, its a good thing I will be living on half an acre :) So they can roam around.
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
  9. Spikes Chooks

    Spikes Chooks Songster

    Sep 10, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    I have one RIR, one Barnevelder and 1 Black Australorp (which were bred from Orpingtons in Australia). They all get along very well - I got them all at 8 weeks old as I think it is more important that they are close in age rather than the same breed. The RIR and BA are very friendly, the Barnevelder a little more reticent - though now at a year old, she takes to hopping up onto the seat next to me. They are all really fine looking chickens and make a lovely flock together. My RIR and BA lay nearly every single day - apart from 3-4 weeks off for a moult in the autumn, Thye Barnevlder lays about every second day.

    I also have one Silver Campine, she's another story! Very flighty..... You have made a lovely selection of breeds, I think. All the best

  10. Elzy

    Elzy In the Brooder

    Thankyou I love the look of the Orpington, but so sure she's a good egg layer anyone know?

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