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Hi there. I just got a chicken coop and next week will be calling to have a county health inspector to come out and give me the go ahead. I am wanting four chickens and cannot decide if I should have 4 different breeds or get 4 of the same. I really love the look of wyanndotte chickens and the all white leghorn types. Any suggestions on what breeds are dual purpose and get along with others?
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:welcome

 

I like the mix.   I like having the eye candy in the yard, and, some good egg layers.  Wyondottes are very pretty...will go broody.

   I like a bantam out in the yard in the summer.  

 I love the leghorn for eggs..and any of the sex links..the red being my favorite.  :) 

 I also love having an EE out there for the blue/green eggs.

 

Wonderful family, very understanding husband when it comes to chickens, dogs, birds, one big Golden Retriever, and thankful to the Lord for all!
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Wonderful family, very understanding husband when it comes to chickens, dogs, birds, one big Golden Retriever, and thankful to the Lord for all!
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Chickens are kinda like candy bars.  Try different ones  then you'll discover what you like best.

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post #4 of 7

Hi and welcome to BYC. Like the other members here, i would suggest getting a variety - that way you will learn what breeds suit you. Leghorns are a not dual purpose birds, and from what i understand, tend to be a bit flighty. I'd suggest checking out the Breeds section here to help you identify suitable breeds.

 

You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center, and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads. 
 
You may wish to consider joining your state thread  as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you
 
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Welcome to BYC :frow​ Glad you joined us! I think most of us here keep a mixed flock of different breeds. I always did. This article breaks down some of the breeds and how to pick which ones are right for you:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/pickin-the-right-frickin-chicken-guide-to-picking-backyard-chicken-breeds

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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post #7 of 7

:welcome  We got all the same kind, and I kind of wish I would have gotten the variety instead.  Still like our chickens though.

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