Hia, from me!!! Which chicken?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by RubberDuck, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. RubberDuck

    RubberDuck Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 31, 2010
    Hello![​IMG] I'm a first time chicken owner. We're thinking of getting 2-4 hens. They will be kept outside in a pen and chicken house all year round. We would like lots of eggs. Which type of chicken is best? Also, what's the best food to feed them?
  2. annaraven

    annaraven Born this way

    Apr 15, 2010
    SillyCon Valley
    Welcome. As folks on your other thread have mentioned, there's the "breed" section here on BYC. Take a look at it.

    eggs only? or do you want dual purpose? (Many dual purpose are great layers)
    what's your climate like? Do you need cold hardy or heat hardy?
    what kind of space do you have for them?
    do you want very friendly birds or do you care if they're a little flight?

    Take a look at the various breeds and see what you want. Also try the breed selector from mypetchicken.

    Good luck!
  3. RubberDuck

    RubberDuck Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 31, 2010
    Thanks for replying so fast!
    I would rather lots of eggs instead of pretty looks.
    I live in England, so not very hot!
    And I would prefer friendly non-flying chickens!
    Thanks again!
  4. Muscovies

    Muscovies Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] from North Carolina
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

  6. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    Welcome, from Easter Wa.
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio.
  8. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    [​IMG] from GA. Leghorns lay very well but so do alot of other breeds.
  9. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    What you need to do is find out where you can buy chickens and then look into the different breeds that will be available. Generally, you feed chick starter to baby chicks, grower in a few weeks, then layer when they start laying. And there really isn't such a thing as a non-flying chicken. They may not get many feet off the ground, but they all fly a little. Mine will flap and climb over their 6' fence if they really want to, though they usually don't. Probably you can find out when and where chicks or chickens are available wherever you will be buying feed, if it's like here and there are feed stores. Leghorns are probably the least friendly, though they are individuals and there are exceptions. I understand you basically have brown egg layers, though, and Leghorns lay white, so they may not even be an option.

    And, to my eye they're all pretty, though I guess some breeds are fancier looking than others.

    You will find plenty of basic information on this site about raising chickens. Check out the learning center, at the top of the page, for example.
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  10. storminstaffs

    storminstaffs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2008
    Durham, UK
    Have you managed to find any hens yet?

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