New to chickens!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kaseythomas86, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. kaseythomas86

    kaseythomas86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Me and my family are thinking about getting a few chickens for eggs my question is if I have 4 ppl in my family how many chickens should I get? And in order for them to lay do you need a rooster? Also what breed is best for egg laying?
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    If you are looking for 1 egg a day for each member of the family, I would go with at least 6 or 7 chickens. Some birds lay every day, some don't. So this amount of birds should deliver at least 4 day or more. You do not need a rooster to get eggs...hens lay reguardless and having a rooster does not make them lay more. As for good layers, the Orpingtons, (Buff Orpingtons and Australorps) are both great layers as are the Leghorns, Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, etc...

    Take a look at our breeds page to see what people are saying about the different breeds and their laying qualties...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds

    Also, here is a good link to an external page with great info on the over all aspects of the breeds...

    http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html

    Good luck with your new adventure and welcome to BYC!
     
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  3. kaseythomas86

    kaseythomas86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!!
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! TwoCrows gave you some great ideas! Have fun deciding what breeds you'll get!
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    What TwoCrows said - welcome to BYC.
     
  6. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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  7. kaseythomas86

    kaseythomas86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hope we get our coop built next weekend does anyone have a suggestion on fencing because sometimes we have stray dogs wonder by and I want them safe
     
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    You might want to do some reading in these articles on keeping the predators at bay...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-predators-pests-how-to-protect-treat-your-flock

    You can also post in our predators forums for more info from members that may have the same issues as you do...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/13/predators-and-pests
     
  9. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. [​IMG]Glad you joined us!
     
  10. sunnychickfarm

    sunnychickfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi and welcome to BYC!
     

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