Choosing a Chicken Breed to Raise

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SoCluckingAwesome, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. SoCluckingAwesome

    SoCluckingAwesome Hatching

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    There are varieties of chickens to raise. Choosing a breed will depend on the kind of chicken that you want to raise. There are chickens that seem healthy but their egg-laying capacity is frail while other chickens give out lots of eggs every day. Before finally choosing the right chicken to raise, you have to consider a lot of things.

    Different angles must be taken into consideration like the place where your chickens will live. Do you have a big backyard? Is it wide enough to let your chosen number of chickens to roam? You have to think about this factor because chickens differ in breeds – some are small and others are large.

    Also, another factor is the environment you are living in. If you’re living along the equator, it is expected that the temperature within that place be, most of the time, scorching hot. But if you’re living somewhere up above or down below, it becomes colder. Now, which of the two are you?

    There are cross breeds that can resist whatever the weather that may come. Production Reds is one of many typical examples. They can be tamed and are resistant to cold temperature. That is why, when you live in a place where it’s always cold, this breed is the right one for you.

    Bantams can be a little bit hardheaded. They love to fly around, a very good reason why pens can be worthless. These breeds are tough but pretty for their fluffiness is incomparable. They are not good in laying eggs but if they do, their product is very small and is not advisable for selling.

    The Pekins and Silkies are two of the best choices when it comes to laying eggs. They come in various colors and types. If you try to crossbreed a silkie with a cochin bantam, you will have a wonderful breed because the outcome is a kind which never bit, hurt or clawed anyone as proven by top breeders.

    Be careful with purebred chicken meat because they are very fragile, they tend to choke their own food, and are prone to having heart attacks without any probable cause.

    If you are looking for a cheap egg-laying chicken, you can settle with a leghorn. Although you have to eventually clip their wings because they are flighty. Also, they are a bit scrawny so watch out! Some breeders dare not choose a leghorn because they are ugly and are high strung.

    Looking for a chicken that’s sweet? Try cross breeding Cochin bantams. Breeds that came from a Cochin bantam’s bloodline are amazing because of certain qualities like sweetness, manners, and you have a very good breed that can easily be noticed in exhibitions.

    Barred Plymouth Rocks are also one of the top breeds. It’s like the best deal ever, all in one package. Why? Well, during summer time, they lay almost every day. They have a healthy and good weight, are astonishingly pretty, and are not vicious.

    Americaunas have an impeccable beauty that is more radiant because of their feathers. They have a color resembling a falcon’s – dark, golden feathers. Their beaks are almost similar with a falcon’s because some breeds have pretty curved beaks. They are indeed beautiful breeds and can withstand the coldness of the night or during wintertime but if you like squeezing eggs out of these breeds, what luck! Sadly, they don’t lay very well.

    Breeds that are unusual need more attention from the breeders so their breeds can survive. Choose the right chicken that you will raise.
     
  2. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    This would be good as an article, but the Americana you are talking of is the Easter Egger.
     
  3. Acre4Me

    Acre4Me Crowing

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    Curious as to what your experience is with raising chickens? Where are you located?
     
  4. puffypoo

    puffypoo Crossing the Road

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    Leghorns aren’t ugly!
    Also was this supposed to be an article? Maybe someone can change it to that format?
     
  5. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Hi, welcome to BYC! :frow

    What a fantastic read... well written, I agree it could be an article. :thumbsup

    Though after keeping hundreds of chickens in many different breeds.. have to completely disagree about a lot of what is said. :oops:

    Pure breed chickens are awesome and can be just as if not more hardy than many others. Silkies and Pekin are fair layers and mothers at best, compared to other breeds. Leghorn are beautiful and don't need their feathers clipped int he right situation. The Easter Eggers though... like to roam far and wide. Each is an individual. And MY take could go on and on... :p

    But... that's what is great about BYC... being able to share YOUR thoughts and experiences. Hope you have a great time here! :wee
     
  6. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Everyone who came to my house wanted to see the Leghorn with big red comb... not my other more rare breeds like Swedish Flower and such.

    This is so true... one amazing breed I have decided to work with in the White Faced Black Spanish! :love
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  7. puffypoo

    puffypoo Crossing the Road

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    So pretty!!
     
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  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Heck no ! I feel that they have the most attractive conformation and flowing lines of any bird. :rant
     
  9. JedJackson

    JedJackson Crossing the Road

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    What absolutely gorgeous birds, EggSighted! I'm really impressed.
     
  10. AnimalGeek23

    AnimalGeek23 Crowing

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    Copy and paste this into an article, please! It'd be VERY helpful. Welcome to BYC!
     

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