- Aug 11, 2017
We started with chicks 4 1/2 years ago. This was a new experience for sure. We got 8 chicks, 5 of which were roos. We had 2 bantam cochins, 2 silkies and 4 easter Eggers. We found out very quickly that Easter egger roos were not nice what so ever. Only one Easter egger and the 2 cochins were female. We've learned over the 4 years of hatching and adding from other folks that personalities can vary extremely. Even if they say a breed is docile, you'll have ones that aren't. There's always a surprise whether it be a sickness, death, injury etc. Our chickens are pets and for eggs. So when we lose one its difficult. We've found that leg horns and apenzellars are flighty. Silkies and jersey giants as well as Brahmas are docile and approachable. Do some research on breeds because it can save you a lot of aggravation and heartache.After years of research and planning, I finally got my chickens this spring Wanting a diverse flock of bird colors and eggs, I started with 8 girls/7 breeds (2 EEs because egg color is a crap shoot). I'm already planning in my head what breeds I will add next year, but there are SO MANY to choose from and I want them ALL (almost) .
So tell me, wise chicken folk: how do you choose which breeds to get when you have a limit to how many you can keep?? Right now I have all pretty safe, standard breeds (RIR, BSL, OE, 2 EE, BPR, BO, WLH) but there are other LF breeds I would love (Marens, speckled sussex, cream legbar) and then all of the fun bantom and polish breeds!!
I'd be comfortable up to 20 birds I think but I was hoping to not get them all so quickly, as I know egg production wanes over time and I won't have the heart to eat anyone lol. Thoughts? Advice? Fun stories??