Hello. We are looking for some input on breed selection and what age is best to bring them home.
We are planning on having 6-8 egg laying hens, and would like to have a mix of breeds if possible (~2 each). Likely candidates that we’ve identified include; Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, Black Australorp, Black Star, Araucana/Ameraucana. The key is we want the flock to all get along with each other, as well as be generally friendly towards us. And be capable of living in Northern Michigan:) We are open to other breeds as well, with the preference for brown eggs…quantity and size of egg less important.
So question #1 is….are the breeds mentioned good choices? Any better options we should consider in the mix?
And question #2….with a mix of breeds, do we need to get them as day-olds? Or would getting them at 4-6 weeks or started pullets be OK as far as them socializing/growing as a flock? Depending on the answer to this question, it will dictate our options as far as what we can find availability/timing-wise.
Thanks in advance for any feedback you can provide!