Urban chicken breed - Clearwater,FL

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LacyBlue2U, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. LacyBlue2U

    LacyBlue2U New Egg

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    I'm interested in getting 2 chickens for my backyard. We live in a traditional neighborhood so I'm looking for a more incognito breed (I ready the entries on "Proud and Loud") and since it'll be around us all the time one that's friendly. A smaller chicken that produces a reasonable number of eggs would be great. Any suggestions on breeds? Or a farm where I can get them?
     
  2. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Silkies...they are MUCH quieter (usually) and even though they are considered a bantam breed, their eggs are larger than most bantams. They can't fly and are generally very friendly.
     
  3. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    Golden Comets *aka Red Sex-Links* (also called red stars) are quiet, pretty, very sweet and excellent layers.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    My only suggestion is that you get three hens instead of two. Chickens are very social animals and if you only have two and something happens to one you're left with a very lonely chicken.
     
  5. Dash Riprock

    Dash Riprock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:RIR's and Sex-Links seem to be very docile and quiet. Our Doms tend to get a little mouthy. I found my girls on local craigslist.org. They were a little over 1 yr old and already laying. I didn't want to go the raising chicks route, so this has worked well for me. BTW...I live in the City Limits, so I had your same concerns.

    Good luck and best wishes.

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    Dash
     
  6. holliewould

    holliewould Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yet I have 2 RIR's and they are louder then a John Deere tractor with megaphones as tail pipes. Sweet as can be though. I keep hearing them silkies are pretty quiet, but, don't they always sit on their eggs? It would be like a Fraggle that doesn't work.
     
  7. LacyBlue2U

    LacyBlue2U New Egg

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    Do the silkies lay many eggs? Physically they seem perfect - being small - but I'd like to get a reasonable number of eggs. Also are mites a problems with this breed. This will be my first chicken experience and I'd like to make the right selection. I don't know what a sex-link chicken is but I've got lots of interesting hits from my internet search... I don't seem to be able to locate anyone that sells chickens in the tri-county area but there is a county fair next month in Hillsborough County. I might have some luck there.
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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