Newbie - lots of stupid questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jeff1733, Mar 22, 2017.

  1. jeff1733

    jeff1733 New Egg

    Mar 22, 2017
    Rural King has about 15 breeds of chicks. No one there knows anything!!! Here's what they are calling them:

    Tetra Brown Pullets
    Cinnamon Queen Pullets
    Hamburg Gold Pullets
    Salmon Favorelle Pullets
    Ameraucana Pullets
    Rainbow Pullets
    Silver Campine Straight Run
    Barred Rock Pullets
    Jersey Giant Pullets
    Lavender Orpington
    Brown Leghorn Pullets
    Khaki Campbell
    Black Maran
    Rhode Island Red
    Jungle Fowl Straignt Run
    Black Langshan

    I want a few chickens for egg laying to share eggs with friends & co-workers. I have a couple acres and already have a 16x12 outdoor cage. I'm sure they will also be considered pets. I'm sure it's a subjective answer but are any of the above ones to avoid? I'm not looking for nuance or noise but I do understand they will require some work.

    I'd like to get a couple kinds to see the differences for myself. Would having say one each of 5 different breeds be a problem?
    If raise chicks later are they hard to introduce to the existing group?
    Rural King didn't seem to know if they were male or female. There was one group that said unsexed. Should I assume the others have already been sexed and they are female?
    How long do they produce eggs and how long to they live?
    If I let them roam the yard will they stay around and will the re-enter the cage by themselfs when it gets dark?
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2016
    Southwest Virginia
    6 of one, half dozen of the other on generic hatchery breeds. In your shoes I'd pass on Jersey Giants due to the significant size difference to basically every other breed minus Brahmas, and I'd pass on the Jungle Fowl just because of temperament and the tendency towards flightiness..

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