HELP CHOOSING THE RIGHT BREEDS FOR OUR FAMILY

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rockmissjess, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. rockmissjess

    rockmissjess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Speckled Sussex Chickens, Light Brahma Chickens, Easter Egger Chickens are the breeds im thinking of getting to start our pullet ONLY flock... i have 3 kids who will want to actively involved with them im sure... and the problem i keep thinking about is I live in arizona... the prescott area... so we get both cold and hot temperatures.. and i want to make sure they will do okay here before we get them... please let me know if you think these breeds of birds will do well with our family as well as where we live... thank you :) all help is MUCH appreciated. [​IMG]
     
  2. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    It gets to be below 0 here, and around 100F. Everyone does good. Your birds will do fine as long as they have food, water and proper housing. :)
     
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  3. rockmissjess

    rockmissjess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it can get over 100 here and sometimes freezing.. during the winter... rarely EVER snows tho..
     
  4. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm sure they will be fine :).

    In the winter, provide lots if hay in the winter.

    And water in the summer.
     
  5. rockmissjess

    rockmissjess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    will do thank you :) ill be ordering this friday we are super excited :)
     
  6. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I love choosing chicks to order! They are so much fun, enjoy!

    You might not know but most EEs start to lay at 30 weeks, instead of the usual 20 :).

    How many are you getting?
     
  7. annav410

    annav410 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really enjoy both my SS and EE but neither are great layers. Is egg production a concern? If yes you might want to include some better layers. I will say that both have done well in our extreme weather. We are in Colorado so I would think close to temps in your area. Good luck and have fun.
     
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    trsturself Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you want really friendly chickens I suggest a D'Uccle. They are bantam though so the smaller eggs may be something to think about for your family. My daughter uses hers for 4H showmanship and she is very calm. We also love our cochin (not a good layer). Our EE is very friendly too (she started laying at 25 weeks).
     
  10. rockmissjess

    rockmissjess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was origianlly considering those exact breeds but as where i live we are not allowed to have straight runs only pullets. and they are so hard to sex most breeders only offer them in straight runs.
     

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