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Hi all, I'm a brand new backyard chicken owner. I got 4 ladies this past weekend. A black Austrolorp we named Ethel, a RIR we named Lucy (get it, heehee), a amereucana my son named Petunia, and a barred Plymouth Rock we named Paisley. We are loving the new additions!
 

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Hi Misty! Welcome to the land of chickenhood! Nice mix of breeds you chose. Very friendly and hardy. When your Australorp gets older, you'll see pretty irridescent green/purple show during certain bright light on her feathers. A very pretty breed with big brown eyes. Ya, I have one. She's my stubborn head-strong love. :D
 

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Yeah Rob I caught the bug! Who knew it'd be addicting?!? I guess in someways it's a good thing the city put a limit on how many I can have. While the kids and I are super excited (and there are 6 kids) my husband is less then enthusiastic! I suppose there are worse things to be addicted to!
 

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Hi Misty! Welcome to the land of chickenhood! Nice mix of breeds you chose. Very friendly and hardy. When your Australorp gets older, you'll see pretty irridescent green/purple show during certain bright light on her feathers. A very pretty breed with big brown eyes. Ya, I have one. She's my stubborn head-strong love. :D
Thanks for the reassurance, I looked a lot for what breeds I wanted as I need them to be tolerant of my kids who range in ages from 12-3. I was gonna order them from a hatchery because I had chosen specific breeds I wanted, I wouldn't have gotten many of them till June going that route. On a whim I went to a feed store and wouldn't you know it, they had all my chosen breeds. My BPR was the only one that I hadn't previously settled on, but so far she is the most entertaining! She is not at all skittish and tries to use my hand as a spring board to fly out of her brooder at every social visit.

Are there any tell tell signs to having a roo in the mix? I'm not allowed to have em. In addition to the city saying no, I think I'd be frustrated with having one since I work nights and gotta sleep during the day.
 

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Hi Misty,

I am in SoCal too, and have been researching a coop for weeks. Did you build yours or were you able to purchase it somewhere? I am having trouble finding feed stores or vendors in SoCal who sell quality coops or coop kits. I am looking to get the same number of chickens as you. You said you found all your girls at a feed store -- would you mind telling me which one?

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Hi Misty,

I am in SoCal too, and have been researching a coop for weeks. Did you build yours or were you able to purchase it somewhere? I am having trouble finding feed stores or vendors in SoCal who sell quality coops or coop kits. I am looking to get the same number of chickens as you. You said you found all your girls at a feed store -- would you mind telling me which one?

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I built my run and converted my kids old play house into a coop. I know there's a company in the South Bay that will come build one for you, but it's real pricey! As is I still spent a few hundred on mine and I'm not done! I also have a boss who's son builds coops for sell, I could ask her prices if your interested. I got my chicks on lakeside. Off olde highway 80. Theresa couple feed store out there that have chicks and coops. You can message me and I can give you more I food you'd like.
 
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