In the Brooder
- Apr 20, 2014
I took this chick of the brooder just for the picture but I noticed something on the wing of the chick. What is that? A burn or just skin ? Or should I not worry about it?
Now that's a loaded question! You need to define exactly what it is you want first...productive (lots of eggs) birds or pets that provide breakfast, 'eye-candy' pretty birds or pretty eggs, variety, and so on. Then, how much space do you have? How many do you want? The old 'chicken math' will most likely take place...you plan on say, four birds....choose the ones you want...see how small and cute they are and realize you want...need...a couple, or six more...and you're gone. There are some bantam (small) breeds that make fabulous pets, such as Silkies, D'Uccles, Cochins, Sultans, and so on, but they aren't known for laying a lot of eggs. Then the Leghorns are awesome egg layers but are known for being really (really) high strung--lots of white eggs, but not terribly friendly for the most part. You also want to think about weather--big, floppy combs and wattles get frostbitten easily if you have a long, cold winter like we have in the midwest...You have a point there. But you never know what diseases are out there. Im getting chickens in the next month or so. Do you have any suggestions for the breed i should get?