Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by btrent94, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. btrent94

    btrent94 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2009
    Glendale, AZ
    Ive just recently gotten into the chicken owning .. literally 1 week ago...

    i started with 3 :

    1 Ameraucana
    1 Buff Orpington
    1 Barred Rock

    The barred rock passed [​IMG] she had a problem from the start .. wouldnt grow had pasty butt ever 3 hours (very annoying) i even had to put her in a seperate box so she could sleep as much as she wanted cause the other two were keeping her up ... but thats not the point of this post >>>

    So now ive decided to replace here with numbers of chicks im planning on raising them 2 at a time heres my schedule

    next friday-
    1 Australorp
    1 Barred Rock (im gonna try again)

    in 3 weeks-
    1 Silver Laced Wyandotte
    and i dont know??

    reason they are seperated is because pet store wont have them in at the same time till end of summer so im just spacing them out ..

    So here's the question now .. ive been thinking RIR but i read everywere that they arnt nice and are bullies... but then i read they are the sweetest birds ... so im wondering wat are your opinions on these birds??

    By the way these are strickly for pets ... .. need to be nice enough for children almost everyday ... and they are all going to be pullets regardless
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2009
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    In my expierience, RIR pullets and hens are very calm birds. Its the RIR roos that can be very mean. If youre not gonna have a roo, you should be just fine.
  3. mangled

    mangled Chillin' With My Peeps

    We specifically chose RIR pullets to repopulate our flock, as we have found them to be very sweet, inquisitive hens. Ours will sit around the kids in the sandpiles while they're playing.

    Just handle them a lot while they're growing up, and they'll be friendly.

    Good luck!!
  4. btrent94

    btrent94 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2009
    Glendale, AZ
    ok thats for your advice RIR it is .. my goal was to have a pretty colorfull coop and i think ive done it

    1 buff orpington
    1 ameraucana
    1 barred rock
    1 rhode island red
    1 australorp
    1 SL wyandotte

    ... hopefully will grow eventually but thats it for now ...

    and recommendations for future would be great ...

    i want docile birds
    decent number of eggs 3/week +
    good natured
    easy to maintain
    kinda quite
  5. emilyweck

    emilyweck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Eugene, Oregon
    My RIR's are my favorite 2 of the bunch. They are calm and have great personalities.....and lay beautiful brown eggs. I'm all for RIR's. Actually I am getting more!
  6. dave3877

    dave3877 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2007
    crockett, texas
    i like buttercups. the hens and roos are beautiful. my hens are kinda shy and timid but sweet still. the roos are ok so long as there isnt any other roos
  7. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    People have widely varying experience with RIR hatchery stock.
    I had a flock about 20 years ago and the hens were OK but the roos were awful. I have a few RIR roos now who were bought for the freezer; they are 8 weeks and not hostile but also not friendly.

    I hope you get a good batch.
  8. AmyD26

    AmyD26 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 12, 2009
    My chicks are a little over a week old, and I can already tell the RIR's have a "bigger" personality, and do seem to bully the white rocks a tad. But, they are also the ones who eagerly jump into my childrens hands and are definitely the favorites.
  9. btrent94

    btrent94 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2009
    Glendale, AZ
    thanx ill be getting my RIR soon [​IMG]

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