Chickens for the backyard

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CrystalMS, May 12, 2009.

  1. CrystalMS

    CrystalMS Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! We are planning on getting some chickens, we know ziltch about breeds. Wondering if you could help me narrow down what would be the best for the backyard, are fairly calm with children and are good egg layers? We were interested in a smaller bird also. Any input would be appreciated ,thanks!
     
  2. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    from what i have read - most egg layers are smaller in size


    do you care what color the eggs are?

    the #1 egg layers are

    white eggs: Leghorn
    brown eggs: Rhode Island Red


    dual purpose will usually be slightly larger than the egg layers and meat birds will be larger than the rest


    http://www.cacklehatchery.com/page2.html

    ... hope that helps a little

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    here is a discussion on family friendly chickens

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=179613
     
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  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    [​IMG] from Washington

    Glad you're here & you'll get lots of advice. Orpingtons and Ausralorps are popular breeds.

    Imp
     
  4. NJbirdlover

    NJbirdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    www.mypetchicken.com

    go to this site, they have a breed selector that you can use.
    I have children so I too wanted gentle, calm birds. I chose:
    Buff Orpingtons
    Barred Rocks
    Black Austrolorps
    Americauna's (Easter Eggers)
    Speckled Sussex

    Also have Rhode Island Reds that I got for future egg production but so far they are just as sweet as the others.

    Hope this helped
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  5. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC!!

    Go to this website and bookmark it!! :http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    It will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about chicken breeds: how big they get, how "good" an egg layer, how big the eggs, calm vs aggressive, etc.

    Good Luck!!

    Cindy
     
  6. BRYAN662

    BRYAN662 Out Of The Brooder

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    BARRED ROCKS AND RIR
     
  7. Polish Chickens

    Polish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Crested Polish are a calm bird as their beautiful crest feathers restricts their vision which makes them great pets and they're good egg layers
     
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  8. CrazyPets16

    CrazyPets16 Out Of The Brooder

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    No doubt about it! Buff Orpingtons! They are docile, love to be petted, great layers, and are hardy![​IMG]
     
  9. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with going to mypetchicken.com. I used it to help me select which ones would work best for me. Had I listened to it like a good girl I would not have my super skittish Andalusian. I learned and next time i know better than to get a breed that is not known for being docile. If anyone has that perfect backyard andy, I'm sorry. She's just so ready to haul donkey everytime I open the coop or run door. I am not giving up on her though.
     
  10. kristenm1975

    kristenm1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "haul donkey" [​IMG][​IMG] Good description. Nice use of child-friendly wording.
     

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