GETTING CHICKENS!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AnnableChickens, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. AnnableChickens

    AnnableChickens New Egg

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    We're in Florida and we're getting some chickens soon, we're going for three! Any suggestions on breeds? They're not to eat, only for the eggs! :D
     
  2. FlyRobinFly

    FlyRobinFly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a great place to learn and share about poultry.
    What breeds you get depend on what you want from your flock. I wanted a variety of egg colors and that could forage and live in the wet environment here in WA, so I chose breeds (listed in my signature below) that produced different shades and fit those characteristics. Some breeds are noted layers, so if it's quantity you're after, go for some of those. Lots of profiles here, and people you can talk to who have those breeds.
    Good luck choosing, that's always the fun part! [​IMG]
     
  3. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have three red star.and they have not stopped or slacked off laying.i do have lights in the hen house which we hve turned off because i wanted them to take a rest.but they continue to lay.
     
  4. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Try checking out the Breeds section on here.
     
  5. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from southern Ohio!!!
     
  6. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Welcome! [​IMG]
     
  7. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida, to another Floridian! Its great to have you join us! There are so many breeds to choose from. I really love the Barred Rocks, they are quite sweet and docile, and they lay real well too. I'm sure you'll find lots of breeds that you like! Enjoy!
     
  8. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Howdy from Austin, Texas.
     
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Welcome from California! [​IMG]

    Next to BYC, my most frequently accessed web site is Henderson's Handy, Dandy Chicken Chart, at http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html Whenever I see a breed I want to add to my flock, I check the Chicken Chart and make a decision based on the information there.

    As for a recommendation, I think folks new to chickens should start with Plymouth Rocks, especially the Barred ones, commonly called Barred Rocks, and some Black Australorps and Buff Orpingtons. All three breeds are docile and friendly. The Barred Rocks and Australorps will be your best layers. If you want more colors in your egg basket, try to get some Easter Eggers. Nothing like gathering eggs and getting those light green ones!
     
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2012
  10. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Ohio
     

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