Yay for chickens!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by aleia, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. aleia

    aleia Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all you chicken lovers! I will be starting my own flock in about two weeks. I just brought home a used coop, and have my brooder ready. I am having a hard time deciding on what breeds to get and whether to free range or run them. My favorite breeds (just from internet research) are Sussex and Swedish Flower Hens, but the local feed store can't get them (of course). We live in the mountains where it gets quite cold in the winter and quite hot in the summer, so I need a couple of hardy breeds. Personality is important too, as I have small children and we are excited about playing with the chickens - but I also want them to be smart and a little bit spunky, as there is the possibility of predators. And, of course, we are looking forward to eggs! Okay, I guess that is enough for now. Happy to be part of the community!
     
  2. chickarapter

    chickarapter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello,and [​IMG] from MO, brahmas are a very hardy breed too and they come in 3 colors
     
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  3. sueblack

    sueblack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome. You will find this site has great information. Just enter a topic on the search line. I like the following threads: Growing Fodder for Chickens, Fermenting Feed for Meat Birds (I do this for my layers), Questions about Raising Meal Worms, and the Black Copper Marans Discussion Thread.
     
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    sueblack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, and since it gets real cold where you are, I'd look for a breed with a rose comb or other small comb. My single comb roosters get their combs frozen every winter, poor things.
     
  5. aleia

    aleia Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! Are they sweet, and good layers?
     
  6. aleia

    aleia Out Of The Brooder

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    Good tips, thanks!
     
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  8. sueblack

    sueblack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Black Copper Marans are decent layers. They are the newest addition to my flock (last summer). The other breeds I have are Golden Laced Wyandottes (have rose comb), Black Australorps, Ancona (mine are high strung), and Cochins. They are all excellent layers except the Cochins. Also, the Wyandottes are a heavy breed, so they are a good dual purpose bird. If you want to get rid of roosters, they work great in the freezer.
     
  9. thasista

    thasista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi from KY [​IMG]
     
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  10. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    Google the Henderson Chicken Chart for a good breed resource, temperature tolerance is one of the things they rate.

    I have found my speckled Sussex to be friendly, nosy, decent layers, and cold-hardy.
     

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