Beginner Breeds

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Lilyrush, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. Lilyrush

    Lilyrush Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! Brand new here. Started diving into my chicken research this week. We will be building a coop here in the next few weeks once I feel more knowledgable and ready. I'm curious what the best hen breeds are for a first timer. I live in Western Washington so the heat here is pretty mild, definitely lots of rain though. I'm wanting Hens that will lay an average amount of eggs but that are also laid back enough to be pets (is that weird)? Just looking for some suggestions to help narrow down my research. Also, how many hens do I need to provide about a dozen eggs a week? Thanks!!!:D
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  3. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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  4. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Google the Henderson Chicken Chart, it is a very useful resource for breed research
     
  6. Lilyrush

    Lilyrush Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone! I'm thinking of starting with a couple Orpingtons, Easter Eggers, and Barred Plymouth Rocks. What are your thoughts on having day old chicks shipped? I'm looking at mypetchicken.com. I have to place an order of at least 7 chicks which is 3 more then I was planning but I could probably sell the extra three. I would love to incubate and hatch my own but seems like there's a lot involved with it.
     
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. Many folks use MPC hatchery. I think Meyer hatchery ships small amount as well. :thumbsup
     
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  9. Lilyrush

    Lilyrush Out Of The Brooder

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    I ended up placing an order from mypetchicken.com. I'll be getting half a dozen Americaunas eggs in May (I couldn't resist trying to hatch some of my own with my kids! What an awesome learning experience.) And I'll be getting some one day old chicks, the kind I mentioned above, in June. That gives us time to build a coop and get everything ready. I can't believe I'm this excited...it is hilarious! [​IMG]
     
  10. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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