Hello! Thank you for the post. Early in 2015 I started looking up information on Chickens. My parents had a few chicken when I was a littlle girl and some family members did also. But now as an adult I wanted to get some. I wanted them for eggs and later meat. Live in Ohio so wanted something that could handle the cold. June we brought our first 6 leghorn chicks home. Then in July I wanted to add 4 more. Ended up coming home with 6 more instead. 3 Rhode Island red, 3 Americauna (not sure of the spelling or if the breeds are what they where sold as). May or may not be purebreeds. They all lived and are all hens. Here before long I want to add more.They are all laying good. They are all suppose to be good multipurpose. The next bunch we get will be some for meat only and some to add to the eggs laying job. And hopefully get a male or two the next time. Any suggestion on what breed I should add?? I am not sure what breed rooster to add to the hens I have. On what would be the best match? I want to have good multipurpose chickens and can handle the cold. Does not really matter what coIor eggs that they lay. Any suggestion? Or what has everyone came up with? I am still learning and looking up information. Sorry I know this was long. Thank you for staying with me.
Hi Jewels, welcome to chicken math! Yeah you start out with a few and before you know it it's gone crazy.
Being from Ohio, you might want to have a look at Buckeyes- you'll want to find a breeder that breeds for good production qualities- eggs and meat. The pea comb is a handy thing to have, the roosters and especially the hens, are more resistant to frostbite.
Welcome @jewels4710 ! You found an outstanding thread for learning about chickens, exchanging information, etc. Everyone here is great!
As far as chicken selection is concerned I think @CanadianBuckeye gave you some great advice, especially since the Buckeye began in Ohio, bred specifically for that climate. That said, there are A LOT of chicken breeds out there to select from, and just as many devoted supporters of each breed. If you haven't done so already, the "Breeds" tab here on the BYC is a great place to learn about some of your options. I'd share with you my own personal favorite breeds but I'm trying very hard not to contribute to the chicken math epidemic that seems to infect us all, LOL!