So my husband and I have always talked about raising chickens for eggs, but it was never a serious discussion until today. We haven't bought or built anything yet because we want to be as prepared as possible....and we're a little broke right now.
I was looking at different breeds, and I have a question. I wasn't sure where to put it, but I guess since we'd be starting with chicks, this was a good place to start.
We live in Kansas City. Our summers can get up to 100 give or take with heat index, our winters down to 0 and negative with windchill, but those are the extreme ends. When looking at different breeds and narrowing the search down with the options to the left, I'm curious as to what exactly the cold/hot climates describe. Mostly because I was looking at a few specific breeds and one (maybe some, when I saw the one I decided to start asking questions) said it was a cold climate chicken...so would it NOT be good for 80-90 degree summers?
I'm also curious as to noise level, as we live in a neighborhood and I don't want my neighbors to hate me, although I'm sure they could get some free eggs out of me. We will NOT be getting roosters. This is for eggs only...and fertilizer for the garden ;)
We are looking at getting 4 or 5 chickens, and I'm debating on whether I want a mix, or all the same. These are the breeds I have listed down as potential pets/egg layers:
- Easter Eggers
- Golden Sex-Link - the cold climate one that made me curious
- Plymouth Rock
I am open to any and all adivce, opinions, etc. We aren't buying anything tomorrow, so I have plenty of time to learn and decide.