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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MamaBear42, Feb 14, 2015.

  1. MamaBear42

    MamaBear42 Hatching

    Feb 14, 2015
    Hello everyone! I am very new to the chicken world...We are planning on getting our first flock this spring! I live in rural missouri, I'm a stay at home mommy to two littles, and #3 due in June. I'm in the research stage right now, so any advice would be helpful!! :) I'm looking for a flock of about 10-12 chickens that will be prolific egg layers, will tolerate the hot/cold seasons of Missouri, and will be friendly with my kids. I'm excited to learn and happy to be here!

  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Our learning center is packed full of helpful info and advice.

    As far as breeds go, I would recommend Buff orpingtons, black australorps, barred rocks, wyandotte, sussex, cochins and sex links. Buff orpingtons are my favorite breed. They are affectionate and great with kids. They are great layers and cold hardy. Black australorps are a lot like Buff orps. Barred rock and sussex chickens are very curious, docile and good layers. Wyandotte and sex links are excellent layers but have a higher tendency to be aggressive. Cochins are more of a pet and not the best layers.
    Here is a link on breeds

    And here are a few more good links to check out

    Good luck and welcome to the BYC flock!
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  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  4. Welcome to BYC!! If you have any questions, PM me-i'd be glad to answer them!! [​IMG]

  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Wishing you the very best of luck with your new chicken adventure. Raising chickens is a fantastic hobby for the whole family to take part in, I'm sure your children will love them! Great advice and links there for you from Mountain Peeps I'm sure the links will be of great use to you.

    Enjoy BYC :frow
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined the BYC "flock".

    Mountain Peeps has given you a good list with some nice breeds. The breed that I would recommend would be the Wyandotte. Mine have been quite hardy through -20 degree weather all the way up to 104 degrees. They have been excellent layers of 250+ eggs per year, and have been great pets. My Wyandottes have the best temperaments of all my birds and are thoroughly entertaining, docile, gentle, inquisitive, and personable. They can be great for kids because of their fluffy, cute appearance and good temperament. In my experience, Wyandottes are not mean birds. My two largefowl Wyandottes have done fine in a mixed flock with no aggression problems. They are dominant, but I haven't found them to be particulary standoffish and they have not ripped feathers out of other birds, nor injured other birds. I would definitely recommend them.

    Good luck with your future flock!
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. The other members have given you some good recommendations. If "prolific" egg production is a primary goal, I would recommend Black Sex Links (Black Stars), which are hardy and friendly, egg laying machines. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds and hybrids), and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out more than 300 eggs per hen per year. They're readily available from lots of hatcheries and should have no problem handling your Missouri summers and winters. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Whatever breed or hybrid you decide to get, good luck with your flock.

  8. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Songster

    Sep 1, 2012
    Hello from Oregon & welcome to BYC - Be sure to check out the learning tabs on this site. Leghorns & sexlinks are great egg producers. Best of luck :)
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. You have been given very good advice on breeds.
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

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