Thoughts on Orpingtons!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Conder, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. Conder

    Conder Out Of The Brooder

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    I am thinking about adding 2-4 Orpington hens to my family that I just started. My gals are about 6-8 weeks old right now (6 cinnamon queens and 2 black australorps) and I wanted some of your thoughts on adding in Orpington pullets around springtime. All thoughts are welcome! ;)
     
  2. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    Do it! You won't regret it - mine are so sweet and loving and tame. They are larger chickens with lots of fluffy, perfect for squeezing and hugging. ;) They also lay BIG creamy brown eggs - I usually can't shut the egg carton. One of mine, Daffodil, is 8 pounds I think, (Very big for a chicken.) and is a little slow and well...a little dumb. ;) But it makes her all the cuter! They are good foragers and are friendly to the other hens. I recently got 6 new babies when I integrated them, Daffodil would catch grasshoppers for them and cuddle them. Melted me!
     
  3. Conder

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    Yep spring time I will be adding to my backyard flock. I have only owned chickens for 6 days but I am addicted. Lol
     
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    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    It is so hard not to! I recently gave up on not buying more chickens so I got a rooster so at least they'll be free. [​IMG]
     
  5. Conder

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    I live on a dead end street within city limits so no Roos for me. My girls will have 1/2 acre of fenced In yard to free range when I'm home. Their run is 14x14 with 8ft ceiling. Coop is 7x8 with 4ft ceiling. Would it be safe to add 2-4 more with no overcrowding or anything?
     
  6. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    My babies are spoiled - about 10 feet per inside and 10 feet per outside in a run with around 6 acres of forage. Min. feet per chicken I'd say is 4 ft per - with 4 more they'd have around 4 1/2. I think that would be fine, especially with the run and free ranging.
     
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    Being in city limits I don't really want to go over 12 hens so that sounds awesome. Thank you for all your help, and your girls do sound spoiled. I built my coop so I can unscrew a few support boards and load it on a trailer when/if I move
     
  8. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    My pleasure. :) Interesting and smart thinking!
     

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