Hello from east central Wisconsin

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chaindrive, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. chaindrive

    chaindrive Hatching

    Jan 5, 2014
    Just wanted to say hello from Sheboygan Wisconsin. My Family and I have decided to keep 4 to 6 hens for eggs here in the city. I was raised on a farm in Florida. And I have had a hobby farm here in Wisconsin. Where I kept 40+ chickens and other fowl. So I have experience with raising chickens in hot and cold weather. I joined so I could keep up with the improvements and changes and sharing of info. I would love to keep more birds, but lot size is a restraint. My Wife actually was the one who suggested we do this, gotta love that. And now our two Boys 12 and 14 think it is a awesome idea. Looking forward to the spring and our new pets. Now to figure out what breeds we want to start with. Do any of you have red sexlinks, and what do you think of them? And any helpful tips are very much welcome.

    Thanks in advance,


  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
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  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X2 on the BYC Breeds section, the Henderson chicken chart also compares a lot of common breeds. http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html#j If you are looking for chickens strictly for eggs, the various Red Sex Links are probably the best brown egg layers so far as numbers go, most commercial producers use some cross of them. They are bred to produce a whole lot of eggs in the first two years or so, then be replaced, they do seem prone to reproductive problems because of their breeding. They can be rather bossy and pushy with other breeds of chickens. If you are looking for chickens more for pets and don't intend to replace them every couple of years, you might want to consider some of the breeds that don't lay quite as many eggs, but usually have a longer laying life span, Wyandottes, Orpingtons, Delawares, Sussex etc are all popular breeds.
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
  6. chaindrive

    chaindrive Hatching

    Jan 5, 2014
    Thank you all for your warm welcome and informative links. I am really leaning towards the Buff Orffingtons, but would also love to find some local mixed breeds. I am thinking about buying a small incubator, hatch our own. But will do a lot more research on backyard breeds. I want what the buffs offer and Brahmas too, maybe a Buff Brahma cross. :) It gets really cold here and high humitdity being 12 blocks off the big lake. And would like birds with peacombs and small wattles, least likely to frostbite.
    Thanks again!
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hello, Charlie, welcome to BYC, and good luck in establishing your flock.
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  9. petrel

    petrel Chats with Chickens

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  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!
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