What other chicken would be okay?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MBOETTCHER, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. MBOETTCHER

    MBOETTCHER Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 6 Buff Orpingtons. My husband wants to get 2 that bring some color to our flock. But i have also read that buffs get picked on by many different chickens because they are so docile. Any opinions on what we could get?
     
  2. newwestchick

    newwestchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you start with chicks they won't pick on the older birds, so you can get whatever you want :)
     
  3. MBOETTCHER

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    They are chicks right now. we got them a week ago. I REALLY REALLY want a jersey giant!
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Careful. If you end up with a Jersey Giant rooster, he could pose a danger to standard hens when mating them, unless you keep him segregated. Try to examine the possible consequences of your choice of breeds.

    And Buff Orpingtons are not exactly the wimps they're made out to be. I have a BO rescued hen who is currently making her way up the pecking order, and she has more spunk than many of my other breeds.
     
  5. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Jersey giants were sweet gentle birds and got along with the other breeds all of which were smaller than they are. Since orpingtons are so sweet you might want to stay away from the Mediterranean breeds that are flighty and may pick on other breeds. As someone stated, if you get some and they grow up together, they should have a pecking order but be fine together.
     
  6. MBOETTCHER

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    My biggest hope is that they will be very close to our family and kids, we are reading up on ways to "train" them, lol. More like coming when they're called and being very friends
     
  7. Honora

    Honora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How about getting some different colored Orpingtons?
     
  8. MBOETTCHER

    MBOETTCHER Out Of The Brooder

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    Actually, we are going to pick up 2 Silkies today..VERY EXCITED
     
  9. FlutterbyChicks

    FlutterbyChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first batch of 7 chickens last year had one Buff Orpington, who was definitely not one to get picked on. She was probably somewhere in the middle of pecking order. She recently passed away, but was our "crazy" one. She always ran around looking like a linebacker and was just a little nutty. But sweet at the same time, if that makes sense. I don't think getting 2 others of a different kind would be too bad. Especially since you have 6.
     
  10. FlutterbyChicks

    FlutterbyChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oops, just missed your latest post. Congrats!
     

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