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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Likalee30, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. Likalee30

    Likalee30 New Egg

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    Ok, true confessions! I follow links to this forum all of the time. I finally signed up so I could start participating in the threads. I have trimmed the fat, and we are down to dogs, cats, and birds on the farmette. I just love them! I'm starting to get a little more serious about finding the best breeds to suit our needs and stick with them. I love all of the advice on here!
    Lisa
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Hi, Lisa, welcome to our community.
     
  3. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. A lot of us were lurkers before joining. :eek:) There are some great charts that can help you determine the right breeds for you at http://albc-usa.etapwss.com/images/uploads/docs/pickachicken.pdf, http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/breed-list.aspx, and http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html. Also Murray McMurray has an excellent "chick selector" tool at https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/chick_selector.html to help you determine the best breeds for you. Which breed is best for you depends on what your criteria for a breed is. If sheer egg production is your priority, I would recommend Black Sex Links, which are hardy and friendly, egg laying machines. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds and hybrids) and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out more than 300 eggs per hen per year. If you want birds that are calm, gentle, potential lap pets, you should go with one of the breeds that have a well deserved reputation for this such as Australorps, Orpingtons, Cochins, Brahmas, Sussex, and Faverolles. Of these very docile breeds, Australorps are the best layers and Cochins are the poorest (although they are the best brooders and mothers). If meat birds are your objective, then Cornish cross is the way to go. With their fantastic growth rates, they are ready for butching at 8 weeks. In fact, if you wait much beyond that, they begin having all sorts of health problems due to their abnormal growth rates. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Whatever breeds you decide to get, good luck with your flock.
     
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  6. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
     
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    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
     
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