Newbie wondering what breeds are good for MD

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Balboaroc, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. Balboaroc

    Balboaroc In the Brooder

    Feb 2, 2009
    Carroll County, MD
    I live in Maryland and DH and I have decided venture into raising chickens for eggs this year.

    I was wondering what kinds of chickens do well in Maryland. Winters get pretty cold here so we do plan on having electric ran to the coop for heating purposes. I just don't want a chickens that are so fragile we have to constantly run a heater for unless its really, really cold.

    I've done some research from books and it seems like Cochins are good breeds...hearty, relatively friendly, not too broody. We have 2 kids so that was the type of traits I was looking for. Me being a girl and liking variety am not set on just owning one breed, I'm hoping for one or two of whatever breeds we decide on for varied color and interest.

    Are there any other breeds that anyone thinks would be a good fit? I've also read good things about SexLinks.

    I've also read that you should plan for losses with your chicks. We were hoping to have 8 chickens...10 max. Would 10 be the number of chicks we should plan on getting?

    Hope I posted in the right forum. Thanks for any advice!
  2. Morgaine

    Morgaine Songster

    Jan 22, 2008
    I can't really answere your question about cold hardy breeds, since I live in Texas and it's in the 70's right now. But I too planned on losses from my chicks when I ordered. I had never owned chickens before, or chicks, so I was sure we would loose some. Well, they are much hardier than you think, I didn't loose any. I would Order the max number you can have. Then if you loose a few you will still have enough and if you don't you won't have too many that you have to get rid of later. I would just make sure that you order later in the year so it's not so cold for the lilttle chickies since you are only getting 10 or so.
  3. thedeacon

    thedeacon Songster

    Nov 14, 2008
    15-20 below is not uncommon here. RIR and Buff Orps did great and kept laying and in an unheated shed
  4. jdb5324

    jdb5324 In the Brooder

    Jan 22, 2009
    hey I live in CC MD and here you can keep just about anybreed I have just about everything from bantam polish to large Cuckoo marans

  5. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    Just saw your post. I live in Thurmont MD. I have White Leghorns, Production Reds, Buff Orpingtons, Jersey Giants, Ameracaunas, Silkies, Bantams. I don't heat any of the houses here.

    You can pretty much get whatever you want.

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