Originally Posted by SilkieSensation
Your breed choices are going to depend on what you are wanting from your birds. If you are just wanting interesting pets then bantams would be excellent choices because they require less space & less feed, however, they also give less eggs on average & the eggs are much smaller. If you are wanting them for egg production then any of the layer breeds will work. Birds that are specifically bred for high egg production tend to need to be replaced about every 2 years because they will begin to lose productivity after the 2nd year. Heritage breeds will lay for a longer period consistently but may not lay every single day like the production birds do. So here are the questions you will want to answer before deciding on birds:
1. Do I want eggs or pets or both.
2. Do I want big eggs but higher feed cost, or small eggs & smaller feed cost.
3. Do I want to get new birds every couple of years but have higher output or be able to keep the same birds for 4-5 years with slightly lower output.
4. Do I want fancy birds to show off or functional birds to lay eggs.
wow what a great and thorough answer!
1. I would like some eggs and pets.............I am just one person so I don't need tons of eggs
2. How do small eggs taste? I think small eggs and smaller costs sounds better----but I have no experience
3. Not sure as I am just starting..............guessing keeping the bird for 4-5 years
4. I don't need fancy----but some of the chickens just look plain ole ugly-----I don't want that...............I like the barred rock bantams and the easter eggers .........in appearance and what people say about them............I would like a friendly cuddly chicken............I don't want a noisy chicken as I am not sure how the neighbors will react.
I think generally a fun project , with some not tons-------of eggs, and a friendly pet.................a diversional fun friendly animal to care for----------