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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chickkkkkylove, Nov 23, 2013.
I want to know which chicken is the best for beginner.
Brahmas. Just feed them and they will grow like crazy for you. Mine are quiet, docile, and I have NEVER been attacked by a rooster. Plus with them not being flighty they work great for me. I Personally I won't even consider a breed that is said to be flighty after having my leghorns. It stressed me out having to even be near them. Don't go with Sebrights they are said to be hard to raise. P.S. go with birds from a breeder and not a hatchery. Trust me it makes a HUGE difference.
there are a variety of birds that are good for beginners, however some other questions you also need to think about are.. are you wanting them for eggs, meat, friendliness would be the first things to consider. then you also need to take into consideration your climate, if you get really cold weather in the winter months you will want something that is cold hardy.
bantams are usually quite friendly but their eggs are usually small.
depending on what breed of standard size chicken you get their eggs can vary in size. also keep in mind the lighter weight the bird the more flighty they can be.
the ones I find the best to start with are Australorps, Orpingtons, Brahmas, New Hampshires, Plymouth Barred Rocks, Delawares, Sussex, Welsummers, and Wyandottes.
there is also a breed chart that breaks it down to the type of birds, weight, egg color, egg size, cold/heat hardy, broodiness, and behavior.. http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html
It depends on what you want from your birds. Lots of eggs,pets,food,just for fun.
This is kind of a neat.
Something else to consider is cost for feed, I really love my giants, but they sure do love their feed. For me, it is well worth it though.
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I agree with BorneHomestead. If you are looking for high quality in any of these breeds above, come on over to the Heritage Large Fowl thread at BYC. Founded by our beloved late mentor Bob Blosl, the purpose of this thread is to help folk who want high quality Heritage Large Fowl decide on their breed and then match them with a high quality strain with which they can work. Breeders of all of the above breeds and many more converse there. Very welcoming of newcomers to BYC. Come and talk poultry with us! Our good friend, Pathfinders, is leaving the thread and we are a bit sad at the moment, but do , please, come on over and we will be glad to help! https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/400344/heritage-large-fowl-thread/17090#post_12384826
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