Originally Posted by ebuckman
Hi, this is my first time ever getting chickens, and I am trying to pick a breed. Does anyone know breed that is good for New Jersey weather (hot and cold) and is a good layer. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know.
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There are not many breeds that would not do well in your location - so it may help to consider other characteristics to narrow your list. How many birds are you planning to keep? Are you wanting a flock of just one breed or a mixed flock? How many eggs, per week, do you need/want to get from your flock? Do you care about egg color? Are there any characteristics (leg feathering, facial feathering, color/pattern, particular comb types, etc) that you do or do not want? Do you want chickens that are likely to become pets/be extremely people friendly? How much space do you have for them?