Newbie in PA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mylo0280, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. Mylo0280

    Mylo0280 Just Hatched

    3
    0
    14
    Nov 29, 2014
    Greensburg PA
    Thanks for the great site and resources. I am a first timer looking to raise some foul and sheep. Looking for suggestions on breeds and maybe local breeders in the western PA area. Thanks
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    84,499
    3,781
    646
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    Welcome to BYC!
     
    1 person likes this.
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    23,342
    1,204
    448
    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    1 person likes this.
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    25,582
    2,139
    438
    May 14, 2014
    Montana
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. As far as breeds, it depends on what you are looking for in your chickens. If egg production is a priority, I would recommend Black Sex Links, which are hardy and friendly, egg laying machines. I've raised them for years (along with other breeds and hybrids), and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out more than 300 eggs per hen per year. If you want very friendly, calm, and gentle breeds that are potential lap pets, Australorps, Orpingtons, Cochins, Brahmas, Sussex, and Faverolles all have a well deserved reputation for being very friendly, calm, and gentle (great breeds with children). Australorps are the best layers on this list, and Cochins are the poorest layers (although they are the best brooders and mothers). Please feel free to ask any 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.
     
    1 person likes this.
  5. TwoCrows

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

    31,936
    4,449
    581
    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Michael has left you with some great ideas for breeds. I too am a huge fan of the Black Australorp. Very docile friendly breed and a great layer too. Buff Orps, Plymouth Barred Rocks, Wyandottes and Rhode Island Reds are other great breeds good for meat, eggs and pets.

    Good luck and we do welcome you to our flock!
     
    1 person likes this.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    81,157
    8,283
    766
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined the flock
     
    1 person likes this.
  7. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

    13,781
    2,563
    416
    Jan 10, 2013
    Macon,GA
    [​IMG] glad you decide to join us.
     
    1 person likes this.
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    20,563
    1,148
    391
    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    The breed that I would strongly suggest would be the Wyandotte. Mine have been excellent layers of around 250-300 eggs a year. They come in many beautiful colors, for those who wanted a varied color flock. And, they are extremely cold hardy and can withstand below zero temperatures with relative ease. Mine have done fine in the heat as well. My Wyandottes have the best personalities of all my chickens. They are very personable with their own unique personalities.
     
    1 person likes this.
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    36,684
    4,692
    566
    Feb 18, 2011
    Ohio
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
    1 person likes this.
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    28,340
    4,229
    516
    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    [​IMG]
     
    1 person likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by