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    Quote Originally Posted by hakuna matata View Post
    I'm thinking of getting some chickens but I have no idea where to start!
    Start with housing. Chickens are very vulnerable at night. It is our responsibility to ensure they have somewhere safe and very secure to sleep. I also suggest having a first aid kit stocked with the basics of chicken care.

    Then you can think about what you want your chickens for... egg laying, something pretty to look at in your garden, pets, breeding or all four?
    Your answer to these questions will help you determine breed/s.

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    Thank you. What would I put in a first aid kit?
    Mostly for egg laying and pets

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakuna matata View Post
    Thank you. What would I put in a first aid kit?
    Mostly for egg laying and pets
    I keep;
    • Amprolium
    • Colloidal silver
    • Mite/lice treatment
    • Worm treatment
    • Antibiotic spray/powder
    • Small syringes

    Breeds to consider;
    • Australorp
    • Rhode Island Red
    • Silkie (pet)
    • Pekin Bantam (pet)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJZK View Post
    I keep;
    • Amprolium
    • Colloidal silver
    • Mite/lice treatment
    • Worm treatment
    • Antibiotic spray/powder
    • Small syringes

    Breeds to consider;
    • Australorp
    • Rhode Island Red
    • Silkie (pet)
    • Pekin Bantam (pet)
    I agree with the first aid kit stuff.

    I would definitely add Plymouth Rocks and Isas to the list for pet/eggs. My Australorps and RIRs are really flighty and don't go near me. My Isas and Plymouths love a good cuddle and the Isas especially are fantastic layers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahalfdozen View Post
    I agree with the first aid kit stuff.

    I would definitely add Plymouth Rocks and Isas to the list for pet/eggs. My Australorps and RIRs are really flighty and don't go near me. My Isas and Plymouths love a good cuddle and the Isas especially are fantastic layers.
    Plymouth Rocks are good, hardy birds. Mine are *****es though

    I never recommend Isas as they can have a short life span and health problems. Unfortunately commercial layers have been developed to "lay themselves to death" basically. So you will get an egg every day but their laying will slow down/stop at a younger age than a good heritage breed. They also have a tendency towards peritonitis and prolapse.

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    We have 2 of each, Australorps, ISAs and Leghorns. We got the Leghorns a few months after the other 4 but they are still super skittish, startle at the kids kicking a ball around etc. Ours are pets/eggs and the Austs are the best with the kids. Ours get handled almost daily by 9yo DD.

    Think about where in the yard you want them to access. You may need to fence around existing veggie beds or gate/fence off a section.

    I agree with a safe place, our coop has a decent fully secure run attached (approx 1.2m x 8m). This means their coop (where they sleep up on perches) can have an open door so we don't have to get up at dawn to let them out. We do let them range in the backyard for a bit each day but they're pretty destructive.

    We have a set up so we can go away for a long weekend and they have enough feed and water. Any longer and neighbours are happy to help in return for free eggs. As mentioned already, the run is very secure including a wire roof as we definitely have local foxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakuna matata View Post
    Thank you. What would I put in a first aid kit?
    Mostly for egg laying and pets
    For eggs, I would go Isa's or Hylines and get them as pullets (so 16-20 weeks old at the point of lay). The heritage breeds can be lovely, but I'm so sick of broody chickens! It cuts into my egg production and I struggle if 3 go broody at the same time as its a squeeze to get them in the brood box as my girls aren't small.

    I haven't found a good breed for pets - none of mine like cuddles, even the girls I've hand reared . They all do the "chicken squat" if I go to them and I can pat them and handle them when needed, but my reared from chicks heritage girls don't like to be petted like some videos I've seen. Ungrateful things!

    I have a mix of breeds - 10 Isa's for eggs, 4 gold lace Wyandotte's and 2 Speckled Sussex's. I did used to have more Wyandotte's and Sussex's, but have lost a few to predators so just got Isa's to replace them as I sell my eggs and we weren't getting enough for us to eat as well between the moult and broody hens!

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    Thanks ladies! So much to think about!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakuna matata View Post
    Thanks ladies! So much to think about!
    There is a lot to think about, but once you have them they will bring you so much joy

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    Yes, our girls (except one Leghorn) do the squat and let you pat/pick them up but they're tolerant not cuddly.

    If you want cuddly, we had hand reared ducks growing up and they were amazing. They would race up when we got home, I'd sit on the step and they would jump onto my lap while I patted them. I have a friend with ducks and she says they outlay her hens by far. Can't comment on the taste of their eggs as I only eat egg in things.


 

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