Newbie here, diving into it all!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hoovert, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. hoovert

    hoovert In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2011
    1. This is my first time keeping chickens. What breed would you recommend to a newbie? As of right now I am thinking about having all Pearl-White Leghorns. would this be boring? I read that they lay better if they are all the same breed, true? Would I be better off with a mixed flock?

    2. How many chickens do you think I could handle? I own three acres and plan to not only have a large pre-manufactured coop but will also be allowing the chickens to roam in a fenced-in 100x100ft grassed area
  2. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    God bless you ... [​IMG]

    Most of that is personal preference .. Plan to end up with more than you initially plan for [​IMG]

    Enjoy them!
  3. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Songster

    Apr 14, 2011
    Tucson, AZ
    Welcome:) My best piece of lol
  4. homesteadinmama

    homesteadinmama Chirping

    Mar 30, 2011
    I would say get different breeds cause chickens are addictive, just when you like one you will see another and then think ohh that one is nice. Since you got lots of space you could easily have a dozen running around. Not sure your weather but some breeds do better in cold/hot. So gotta pick the right ones for you. I am in NH and it is chilly in the winter. We are gettting buff orpington, and barred rocks. After talking with other chicken owners in the area, they suggested them for their docile-ness. Since they will be around our 4 kiddos. Enjoy and have fun! [​IMG]
  5. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Songster

    Feb 4, 2011
    SE Idaho
    Quote:[​IMG] I know a lot of people don't care for Leghorns and I only have one in a mixed flock, but she is wonderful! [​IMG] If you want eggs, eggs, and more eggs (all white), go with the Leghorns. They are producing machines! If you want a variety, get a couple of different breeds (brown, tinted eggs). A mixture won't affect their laying.

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