- Apr 27, 2014
I'm a mother to 4 young daughters ages 8,5,3,1. We live on 5 wooded acres in rural NE ohio. We've been considering getting a small flock of chickens for eggs only. The girls become VERY attached to animals and would never consider eating what would become their pets. So we would like a chicken who would/could lay for many years. I've been reading this forum for a while and it seems like barred rocks, golden comets and australorps are good layers and good with kids. Any recommendations? As I newbie I have many questions and worries. Will they be ok with outdoor cats? We would let them free range. What about hawks? How do we ensure thay we get only hens? Do we need a roo to protect the girls? I have many more questions. Hubby is reluctant to try this project. He thinks it is going to be a costly hobby at a time when we are living on a tight budget. I'm hoping it will eventually pay off with eggs. And it will be a great experience for kids. I need a friend to give me some good advice!