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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jaydee122580, Jan 5, 2017.

  1. jaydee122580

    jaydee122580 In the Brooder

    Jan 5, 2017
    New here from Michigan. Just browsing as my grand daughter wants to learn all about raising chickens as we will be hatching eggs in an incubator this spring. Any tips on gentle breeds for an 11 year old and best place or person to order hatching eggs from ? Thanks, Jim

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Jim, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard and super that you are involving your grand daughter with chickens....many life lessons to be learned. As for gentle breeds I think it's more a matter of the care and gentleness with which they are raised that determines the end product. That said, certain breeds (leghorns, anconas, and other Mediterranean class birds) are more jittery and nervous than others. I know people speak highly of Silkies as being gentle. Personally, I have had very friendly breeds - Buff Orpington, Speckled Sussex, Red Stars, Delawares, and Black Australorps. You can do some breed exploration in the Breeds Forum here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds
    As to hatching eggs, you might try first posting in your state thread in the link below. Perhaps a local can give you a lead on some eggs. https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you
    And here is a link to Hatcheries and Breeders: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/16/chicken-breeders-hatcheries Please keep in mind that hatching eggs that travel through the mail tend to have a much lower hatch success rate than those which can be sourced locally.
    And finally, the Learning Center is a treasure trove of useful information on all things chicken: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    Best wishes and good luck to you, Jim! [​IMG]
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member 5 Years

    G’Day from down under Jim [​IMG] Welcome!

    Not much more I can add to the already great advice you have received from redsoxs. [After typing that I waffle on for paragraphs! Lol]

    If you are not interested in huge amounts of eggs, Pekins [Bantam Cochins] are a gentle breed. I have a couple and they are sooo sweet. However, they do spend a lot of their time broody and are not one of your more proliferative egg layers. Your granddaughter might enjoy watching a mumma hen raise her babies [​IMG] I have never tired of that experience, it is adorable!

    I read just the other day on BYC that the feather footed breeds are apparently more docile than the non feather footed but I am sure there are some owners of non feather footed’s that would disagree with that statement which was not mine by the way [​IMG]

    I lucked out with the 2 Silkies I had. Not only did I lose them both, the whole time I had them [raised from chicks] they were very skittish but as I said, I think I lucked out because many folks have beautiful, friendly Silkies.

    Anyways, I hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi, Jim and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best

  5. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2016
    Surrounded by the Amish
    Hi Jim welcome to BYC. It's good to meet a fellow Michigander. Buff Brahmas are an extremely sweet and gentle breed. Perfect for a child to start off with.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Silkies are very popular with children. They are not great layers but, are generally known to be great mothers (broodies).
  7. N F C

    N F C keep on swinging! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Raising chicks will be a wonderful hobby for you and your granddaughter to share.

    Have fun!

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