Getting started

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by good hententions, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. good hententions

    good hententions Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    I currently don't have any chickens but hope to soon. My son and I are in the process of deciding which breeds are best suited to our needs and wants. We are currently leaning toward Wyandottes, but there are so many beautiful birds to pick from that we are having trouble making up our minds. I'm looking forward to learning from your group and getting started!
  2. gertiie

    gertiie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2011
    Warsaw, Indiana
    Welcome ! I found this site and love it ! Tons of information and help . Unreal ! Lots of good crazy people too, from what I am seeing !
    LOVE your screen name !!!!!! I want to steal it for the name of my coop !! LOL
  3. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    [​IMG] From NY!
    Go for it!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    What are your needs and wants in order of priority and maybe we can suggest some good breeds.
  5. good hententions

    good hententions Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    Needs are good egg production and temperment. We have a family of 6 and I would like to have enough fresh eggs that I can bypass the eggs section of the supermarket. Our wants are ease of care, appearance, and I like the idea of keeping a heritage breed (although it seems that can be a loaded word). thanks in advance for any advice/suggestions
  6. pete rooster

    pete rooster Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    the coop
    the rooster says [​IMG] from the coop
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Your best bet would be the Red Stars, AKA Golden Comet, Golden Sex Link, and Cinnamon Queen. They are excellant egg layers and have a calm disposition, just not as colorful as some of the other breeds. Just be careful of the chicken math. It creaps up on you when you least expect it. [​IMG]

    Edited to add: [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2011
  8. stubbornhill

    stubbornhill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    Shapleigh, Maine
    Welcome! We have a couple of Wyandottes and love them! They are beautiful to look at and bless us with some lovely eggs.
  9. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    [​IMG] Welcome to the forum!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!!! [​IMG]

    Any of the dual purpose breeds will suit your purposes pretty well. I'll probably forget some, but in addition to the Wyandottes, the Rocks, Sussex, Delaware, Australorp, Orpington, EE's (not heritage but these often lay blue or green eggs), Dorking, Favorelles, Chantecler, or Buckeye will work well. The Rhode island Reds are also a pretty good choice, but there are some reports on this forum of them not being exceptionally friendly. Some people have them and love them though. Any of the hatchery sex links are a good choice. Brahma's are slow to mature and eat a lot because of their size so they may not be exactly what you want, but many people really like them. It is kind of hard to make a really bad choice as long as you do a bit of research.

    Here area couple of links that might help. The Henderson Breed Chart gives a lot of good information about the tendencies of the different breeds and Feathersite gives some real nice pictures. You will not find EE's or the sex links on the chart since they are not breeds. Feathersite has some sex links but I'm not sure on the EE's.

    Henderson’s Breed Chart

  10. AshleyGray

    AshleyGray Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    Marietta OK
    Welcome! [​IMG] Hope to see you around!

    Silkie are good starters....Not big egg layers, but very sweet and gentle, especially with children. [​IMG] My daughter who is five carries her silkie, 2 of which are roosters, everywhere. Even riders her tricycle with one of them!

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