Newbie from Ga

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lstringer, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. lstringer

    lstringer New Egg

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    Looking to see which chickens produce the most and colorful eggs. How many is a good number to start with? Where does everyone get their chickens from?
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. The very best layers are White Leghorns (for white eggs) and Black and Red Sex Links (for brown eggs). These are the hens used by commercial laying houses as they are egg laying machines, consistently churning out more than 300 eggs per hen per year. The most colorful eggs are those of Easter Eggers (blue, olive, green, beige, and sometimes even pink or gold), Ameraucanas, Araucanas, and Cream legbars (blue), and Marans, Welsummers, Barnevelders, and Penedescencas, all of which lay chocolate (very dark brown) eggs. In my personal opinion, the chocolate eggs are the prettiest eggs in the chicken world. How many hens you will need depends on how many eggs per week you want. If you get White Leghorns or sex links, you will typically get 6-7 eggs per week. With the colored egg breeds I mentioned, only about 3-4 eggs per week. Most owners' chickens come from hatcheries (which is fine for egg production), but for those who want show quality stock that meets the APA standard of perfection, they purchase their birds from reputable breeders. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Whatever breeds you decide to get, good luck with your flock.
     
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  4. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

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  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Michael sure has left you with some great info! Also, most feed stores carry the average hatchery chick in the spring time. Being in GA you may start to see them soon. Just be careful as some feed stores carry straight runs which will contain roosters. If you want pullets only, (hens) make sure you can trust your feed store when picking form a pullet only bin.

    You might also stop by our learning center for lots of good tips and hints on all the aspects of keeping your chickens...https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Enjoy this new adventure you are on and welcome to our flock!
     
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  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined.

    Michael O'Shay has answered your questions very well. I got some of my chicks from a hatchery, and some from local breeders. It all depends on what you want the chickens for.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    X2 on Michael O'Shay's advice.
     
  10. lstringer

    lstringer New Egg

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    Thank you for all the great info. Michael I am looking up many of the ones you mentioned. I will look around locally. I was alittle concern with ordering them but it seems alit do that. So far I have found great advice on this site. Thanks!
     

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