Shellie from Louisville, KY here!! I have been considering getting chickens for the past year; ever since our great Uncle Sam has decided that our meat can be sent overseas for processing in foreign countries! NO WAY do I intend to eat grocery store chicken any longer than I have too! lol Since chicken is our staple diet, we have decided to try our hand at raising our own self sustaining food source and I couldn't be more excited! I am soooo happy to have found this site and look forward to making new friends and acquaintances; not to mention people who enjoy talking about chickens! I'm sure my hubby is tired of the endless hours and chatter I have put into researching breeds, coops, and how to do it on a shoe string budget! lol
We are in the process of setting up our brooding station in our barn, along with our exterior runs and coops outside. My new babies will have a 10x10 brooding room, along with a 20x30 enclosed coop and run. We intend to order a flock of 25 that will continue to perpetuate itself, along with 15 Cornish X for some quick meat! Here is what I have chosen so far: 5 Brown Leghorns, 5 Barred Rock, 5 Buff Orphintons, 5 Cochins and the jury is still out for the last 5!! lol I'd like to have some Jersey Giants and another breed as well that will not only provide the staples, but are easy on the eyes as well.
Do you think these choices will make for a good dual purpose, self sustaining flock? Any breeds I shouldn't put together?
Thanks everyone and I look forward to getting to know all of you!