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Best type of breed for first time chicken raiser

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mtrull, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. mtrull

    mtrull New Egg

    Mar 13, 2016
    I am in the process of building a coop. I am looking to start out with about 10-12 hens. I feel like i have been looking at breeds of chickens for ages. I was just wondering what breeds of chicken you all would recommend. I live in Mississippi so it gets really hot here in the summer. I want to have happy girls and would like them to be good with children. I want them for pets and layers. Ill try my hand a breeding once I have learned a little more. They will have a large run area and will be able to forage. Thanks in advance!
  2. animalwild

    animalwild Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2015
    Silver Laced Wyandottes I have them and absurdly love them and they would do good in the hot weather
  3. mtrull

    mtrull New Egg

    Mar 13, 2016
    We have been looking at those. They are beautiful birds! Thank you for your comment. :thumbsup
  4. TillyPeeps

    TillyPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2015
    Central PA
    Rhodebars, just as hardy and good layers as Rhode Island Red, but supper friendly to both chickens and humans.

    EE, lay colorful eggs and hardy. Since they are hybrid, some can be friendly, some can be skittish.
  5. debi54

    debi54 New Egg

    Mar 8, 2016
    South Carolina
    I've got Barred Rocks and Rhode Island Reds.
    They're great layers and very friendly (no roos).
    We raised them feom chicks so they got handled a bit.
    Good luck and enjoy!

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