I belong to a couple of other forums, I don't think you can ever have too much information.
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.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?
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.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.
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.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,
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!I understand compleatly.
I think she meant bantams! But telling me they are a breed of chicken...I just had to giggle a bit.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.