Chickens.

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  1. Samples.32

    Samples.32 New Member

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    So, as many of you know we are moving to a new house. At this house we have found that we have tons of space for chickens, and a coop already built, HOWEVER, we don't know what kind of chickens to buy. We want good laying hens that wont cause much trouble. What breed or breeds are good chickens to have? Does it matter?
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    What did the previous owner have?
     

  3. Samples.32

    Samples.32 New Member

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    She didn't have any. She built the coop, but never got around to putting anything in it, and as a new development I just found out that we do want hens that will go broody as well, because we do want some chicks to be born.
     
  4. lonyaeger

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    This is where we got ours. You can filter down to get precisely what you want. We went for mostly New Hampshire Reds, Production Reds, and Naked Necks. They all lay brownish eggs, which is what we wanted.

    http://www.ideal-poultry.com/
     
  5. Samples.32

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  6. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    How many chickens do you want?
     
  7. Samples.32

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    10 ten 10 ten 10 (only ten) Dang character count.
     
  8. lonyaeger

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    That's a good start. You'll want one rooster. The only problem is that it's really hard to tell the sex of chicks ****insert witty comment or Freudian slip HERE****. Make sure you get them from someone that knows their stuff.

    I think Production Reds would be a good choice for you.
     
  9. Jesse17

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    I like Leghorns, they lay very large eggs, but my wife doesn't because she wants the brown eggs. Note, white or brown they have the same flavor and nutrition content but the brown eggs have become synonymous with 'farm' eggs. The down side of leghorns are they are a little high strung and will pick at each other's feathers if they are couped up too much.

    Next to them, Road Island Reds (brown eggs), Aracauna <sp> (easter eggs = pastel pink or green), and Golden Sexlinks (brown eggs) are my favorite.

    The bantam breeds (miniature) are the most broody and will even hatch other chickens eggs. But lay tiny eggs themselves. However, don't over crowd them (any breed) or no one will hatch anything because when one gets up to eat another will steel the nesting box to lay in and then no one wants to sit on it. (Women, huh:confused:).

    Here's the most important thing to remember...Dispite what my wife thinks, it doesn't matter if you have one Road Island Red or 20, they are ALL named Red. Likewise, if you have 16 Golden Sexlinks they are ALL named Sexy Chicken (or just Sexy for short). They are not, I repeat NOT individually named things like Tootsie, Barbie, Marilyn, etc.
     
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  10. Samples.32

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    That is what I have been looking at. That and some guinea fowl to control the bug population?
     
  11. lonyaeger

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    I know nothing about guinea fowl.

    Also might want to consider a banty rooster. They're a hoot. Not the owl kind of hoot.
     
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    Ummmm... I promise not to name my chickens :p Nice to know about the bantam breeds!
     
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    How are they a hoot?
     
  14. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Oh, my wife would argue with you on that one till you couldn't argue any more.
     
  15. lonyaeger

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    They're funny-looking, they're fast, and they have to compensate for their small stature by exaggerating their maleness. Just like humans.
     
  16. Samples.32

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    Lol. Sounds like my kind of bird :D but that doesn't mean I compensate for my size by exaggerating me femaleness :p
     
  17. Jesse17

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    :eek: I hate Guineas. We're down to only four and I encourage them to visit the neighbors dogs any chance I get. They scream at EVERYTHING. If you move a vehicle they come over and scream at it. If the wind blows a piece of plywood over they'll stand there and scream at it.

    And not for a minute either, for like 45 min. The stupid things never shut up. :mad: When I'm working in the shop I have to have the door closed or they'll stand at the threshold and scream at me. I chase them away, turn around and they're there screaming.:mad: I throw stuff at them, turn around and they're back screaming at me.

    Oh for the love of all that is good, shut the F**k UP!
     
  18. Samples.32

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    Wow, that is nice to know... The chicken coop isn't too far from the house :p And I despise anything louder than the clacking of a keyboard.
     
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    haha sorry for your pain but that right there made me ROFL
     
  20. lonyaeger

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