We will be moving in a couple of months to a place where we can have backyard chickens. We're very excited about this, as having chickens is something that my husband and I have been interested in for awhile! Since we will be moving in late May/early June, we will probably not get our chicks until next spring, just to give ourselves time and not have to worry about them over the winter.
I've been doing lots of research into different breeds, and I have found several that we are interested in. But I'm very curious to see what the community here would suggest. So here is info about what we are looking for:
-Our primary use for these chickens is egg-laying. We will not be using them as meat-birds.
-Since we are looking for laying hens, we would prefer a breed that doesn't have a tendency to go broody.
-In terms of personality, we want something that is docile, laid-back, and friendly. I've read lots of reviews of people who have sweet-tempered, loving birds that they can visit with and play with and have that "companion" attitude, and that is what I'd love to have!
-We are going to custom-build them a coop and run in the yard, but they will be let out to roam the yard (which will have a privacy-fence by then) when we can be outside with them to supervise. There are enough hawks and other predators in the are that I'm not sure I want them to be out roaming unsupervised.
-We live in central Indiana, so hot summers and cold winters. The past couple of winters have been especially cold, so we definitely need a breed that is cold-hardy.
-We are looking to have 3-5 chickens, at least to start with.
-We will have close-ish neighbors on both sides of our property, so we can't have anything that is going to be *too* noisy. Chattering and chirping is probably fine, but we probably don't want something that is going to scream all day.
Some of the breeds that I have been looking at are Australorps, Sussex, Welsummers, Easter Eggers, Faverolles, Wyandottes, and Orpingtons. I'm still researching, and I would love to hear suggestions and advice from the community. I want to make sure I'm not going completely off the wall or anything, and I'd love to hear from people with more experience!
Edited by HobbitGirl - 4/12/16 at 5:23am