Hello from Eastern WA/Northern ID

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BlissfulBetty75, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. BlissfulBetty75

    BlissfulBetty75 New Egg

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    Hi. My family is moving to acreage as soon as our house sells and I am trying to learn as much as I can about raising chickens for meat, egg and possible pet status, while waiting for our dream to become a reality. I've read a bit, but am VERY ignorant on the subject still. I'm excited to have found a forum dedicated to my new passion to learn from. So thanks to all you seasoned chicken keepers/friends/farmers/lovers for sharing.

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  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Do you intend to buy separate breeds for meat, eggs, pets or are you looking for dual purpose types ?(meat + layers).

    Cornish x are very popular as meat birds, they are bred to develop very fast and be processed early in life. They mainly eat and grow.

    Red sex links are high output layers. There are others - the benefit of sex links is that their sex is determined at birth by the color of the chick. No surprise roosters .

    Breeds that tend to make very good pets are silkies, cochins and buff orpingtons. They also lay eggs and the hens often go broody - meaning they will sit on eggs and hatch them(if fertilized by a rooster). Broody hens will sit on any eggs- for instance if you wanted to buy fertile eggs of different breeds, the broody would hatch them as her own. You cannot force. a hen to go broody but, they frequently do so on their own.
     
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  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
     
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  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC and good luck at moving to your new home.
     
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  8. BlissfulBetty75

    BlissfulBetty75 New Egg

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    As I research more and more, I'm coming back to the varied Wyandottes. Dual purpose and friendly and varied colors. Plus good foragers for helping work over rotating garden beds and compost.

    For in the garden pest control, I'm thinking Indian runner ducks of varied colors. Also egg layers and excellent foragers. Though from what I read, they're pretty skittish/standoffish so we'll see. Perhaps a few Welsh Harlequin instead.
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I really like the Wyandottes, all the colors they come in is a big plus, love the blue laced reds. Really even tempered birds, hens tend to be sweet and easy to get along with and the roos are good roosters. Decent/good layers and they go broody but not that often and good mothers if you let them hatch eggs. The comb is nice for colder weather. Also like that they are not that much on flying over fences.
     

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