Howdy from Middle TN

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by J-squared, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. J-squared

    J-squared Just Hatched

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    Happy to be here! We are planning to add some backyard hens to our family. This is all new to me so I'm so glad to have found such a fabulous resource!
    We want some hearty chickens that are great egg layers. Any suggestions?
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] If you want to learn about breeds of chickens, definitly check out the Learning Center-- it has plenty of information on breeds. However, when choosing breeds, keep in mind these things:

    • Egg production. Think about how many eggs you want each day or week. Some breeds are great layers, like Red Sex-Links, while others aren't, like Sillkies. If you want a lot of eggs, look into the production type birds like Rhode Island Reds, White Leghorns, and Sex-Links.
    • Your climate. Some breeds don't do well in cold weather, and some aren't suited for hot weather. If you live in a hot cllimate, breeds with large combs like Leghorns and other Mediterranean breeds will do best. For cold weather, Wyandottes, Easter Eggers, Chanteclers, Buckeyes, and other pea or rose combed breeds will be the best idea.
    • Breed temperament. Temperament will of course vary from bird to bird. However, some breeds tend to be more docile than others. Silkies, Cochins, Wyandottes, and bantam breeds are often docile and easy to handle. If you have any young children, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to get an extremely large breed like Jersey Giants, or a more agressive game breed like Old English Game.
     
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  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! For breeds, I would recommend Wyandottes, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Plymouth Rocks, Orpingtons, or Australorps. But there are a lot to choose from!
     
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  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
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  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
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  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
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  10. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have ya here [​IMG]
     
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