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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Wrigley, Oct 2, 2012.
I belong to a couple of other forums, I don't think you can ever have too much information.
Hi there! Welcome from Down Under!
Welcome Wrigley. Me too! Like 6 others! Lol. Hope you enjoy your visit here.
Hello Wrigley from Upper Michigan! Glad to have you join us!
Welcome !! From North East Texas, you mean there's OTHER chicken forums? But none like this one, hope ya like it here.
hello and welcome
Hi Wrigley, I am from Rhode Island too!
I live in West Warwick and just found out that the homesteading law has been changed and I can get a few hens. I am beside myself!
I have tried to find chicken breeders in this area, but everytime I try to google it our famous Rhode Island Red pops up and I get nowhere!
Have you started raising chickens? you're right, not a whole lot of information out there for Rhode Island poultry.
Have you ever raised chickens before?
I think RIR are so common the people don't talk about them much cause they're pretty much everywhere. Lol
I have never raised chickens before, but have been reading everything I can. We do want eggs, and I am considering Americaunas and Australorps over RIRs because supposedly they are a little less noisy. We live in a plat, on a quarter acre with houses on all sides.
If the yard proves too small I am up for cochins, silkies or seramas.
The law says that we can have up to 12 birds, but only hens. There is only 2 of us so I am thinking we should start with 3 birds, but build a coop big enough for 6 or 8. Still not sure about a perminant pen or a tractor style.....or maybe a perminant coop and pen with a tractor style pen for when I am home and can watch them.
I plan to check out tractor supply sometime today and maybe get a good book.
Stick with the forums, there is a lot of really good information there. Check out poultry keepers forum, they're in the UK, a lot of old school keepers.
I have RIR's, Barred Rocks, Golden Comets, Black Sexlinks, Austrolorps, Buff Orpingtons and Easter Eggers, they are all pretty quiet. What noise they do make is very pleasent. They do get a little loud just after they lay, not all of them though.
Be careful with the free ranging, they can really rearrange your yard.
Take your time with the coop, check out YouTube for ideas and what to do and not to do.
If you are going to raise chicks, here in Rhode Island you have to buy atleast atleast twelve chicks.
I'm not a pro at this, but I can help alittle on some of the mistakes I've made and had to do over.
Thank you so much! I wasn't planning on letting them free range unless I am in the yard with them. I wanted to start with pullets, maybe find out when the Little Rhody poultry fanciers are having a meet up and see who breeds what around here.
I really appreciate any advice you can give me, believe me I am paying attention!
Look on Facebook for "Little Rhody Poultry Fanciers", there's some info there.
I'll keep my eyes and ears open for some that are near the POL. I have a friend that raises all different kinds of breeds. I guarantee you'll fall in love with your girls when you finally get them.
It wouldn't be a bad idea to start purchasing some of your equipment now, that way it won't be such a big hit to the piggy bank once you're ready to purchase your girls. Agway and TS have pretty decent prices. I get my pine shavings from Agway, they're softer than the shavings from TS.
Always happy to help,
Actually, the reason I am waiting is because there is no income at my house. Hasn't been since August. We will be selling our business in the spring, and I am looking for a job. But we are ok, just can't spend now. But later on between selling at the local flea market and emptying out the business we should be in good shape for some birds.
Good idea though, for someone in other shoes than mine.
Thank you for ....taking me under your wing. (Ok ok I know...bad pun!)
I understand compleatly.
So, I go to Tractor Supply last night to buy a nice book on chickens. I told her that West Warwick now allows hens and she told me to consider getting some Americaunas! Those and Black Australorps are on my short list anyway!
She then proceeds to tell me that Phantams are the smallest chicken breed........
You'll love the Australorps!! They get to be pretty good size, aprox. 8-9 lbs. with a great disposition. I would love to have a whole flock of Australorps.
Phantams or Bantams? Bantams are pretty small birds. I think the Americaunas lay colored eggs, like green and blue. My Easter Eggers lay both light green and light blue.
I think she meant bantams! But telling me they are a breed of chicken...I just had to giggle a bit.
I hope I can find a local Australorp breeder around here, if I go with large fowl I am thinking they just might be my breed!!
Check out the Facebook page, Little Rhody something....put up a post and see who responds. I would think that there has to be somebody close by that raises them. I love mine, I call them the "Hepburns", Audrey and Kathrine.