Need info on chickens for eggs....Don't know anything about chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jaynewb, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. jaynewb

    jaynewb New Egg

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    Hello,
    My husband and I are venturing into the world of organic farming in an urban setting and would like to have a couple chickens for eggs. Does anyone have some suggestions as to which chickens are best in that setting. There's just the 2 of us. We are going to build a portable chicken coop....chicken tractor to house them. Thanks for any information.
    Peace and Love,
    Jayne
     
  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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  3. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    First of all: [​IMG]
    Second, read up for a while and also see what kind of birds you can get locally. Do you want to raise them from chicks or get hens so you have eggs right away?
     
  4. Nemo

    Nemo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have experience with any other breed, but I would whole-heartedly suggest Orpingtons. We have a flock of Buff Orps, and they're all pretty laid-back. We did have one hen who was pecky as a teenager, but has mellowed out after a couple months.

    Of course, a rooster would (prob'ly) not be popular with your neighbors.

    Some people would suggest bantam-sized chickens for small yards... They are smaller than normal-sized birds, need less space, eat less food, but do lay smaller eggs. They aren't tiny eggs, but they are smaller than what you would normally buy in a grocery store.
     
  5. trinity

    trinity Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] hi nice to meet you.i would bet you will find every thing you need to know including the coop you need for a small city kinda life.

    as far as what kind of chicken it depends on what you want from it.large eggs?green eggs?brown?white?
    meat? look arousn the site you will find your answers.or make a new post and ask some ?s
     
  6. Jena

    Jena The Welsh Witch

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    Welcome, [​IMG]

    I was very new to chickens way back in September and looking very much for the same thing. I bought 4 birds POL (at point of laying) and they started laying after a few weeks which gave me time to get used to them and to learn what fun they were. [​IMG]

    Now I get 4 eggs a day regularly and I sell the extras I don't use which covers the cost of their food each week really.

    best thing I have ever done, and now I am getting ready to plant my vegetables this year. and I have plenty of good fertilizer as well.

    if you buy them at POL, and with moving house for themit may take several weeks before they start tolay, but not as long as it would if you buy chicks. But it is entirely your choice and a great way to learn.

    Good luck to you. Ohhh and mine are called Black Rocks ( Sex-Links in the USA)

    Jena.
     
  7. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    [​IMG], Jayne!

    Glad to have you here! [​IMG]
     

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