I have been searching chicken breeds, but the more i research, the more confused I get.
I have been looking at primarily New Hampshire Reds and/or Speckled Sussex. I want to figure out how many chicks to order, but every website and hatchery has vastly different estimates rates of lay.
I've seen NH's rated as everything from "fair" to "good" to "excellent"as egg layers and numbers ranging from 200-240/yr to 180-220/yr to 220-280/yr
I understand each hen is unique and diet, strain, and environment are factors, but the ranges can't really be 180-280 can they? how do i determine how many hens i will actually need?
thanks in advance!