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hello my name is fernando i have recently gotten my own house it has enough space for chickens i would like to know what are the good breeds of both chickens and roosters as well as what i would need so they can stay healthy
 

Kelsie2290

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Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! A great place to start out is the BYC Learning Center, lots of good articles on all aspects of chicken keeping you'll find helpful with your new flock. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

Here are a couple of links to some nice chicken breed comparison charts you might like, they compare a lot of different breeds so far as egg laying ability, egg color, cold hardiness etc to help pick breeds that will work in your area. http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html and http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/chickenbreedcomparison.pdf and http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/breed-list.aspx
when you have narrowed down your breed choices, don't forget to check the BYC Reviews section for member reviews on the different breeds. https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds

You might also want to check out threads for your area or places with a similar climate to see what breeds and coops etc people have found work. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread
 

TwoCrows

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Hello there and welcome to BYC!
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Kelsie has really set you on a great path to all the learning! You will definitely want to stop by our learning center for all kinds of tips and hints on raising your birds.

If you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask. We welcome you to our flock!
 

Michael OShay

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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Kelsie2290 has left you with some great links to help you. The answer to your question regarding good breeds depends on what you want your chickens for. If sheer egg production is your goal, then I would recommend Black Sex Links (Black Stars). They are hardy and friendly egg laying machines. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds and hybrids) and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out over 300 eggs per bird. If you prefer a standard breed (as BSLs are hybrids and will not breed true, which means you will have to replenish your stock by purchasing them from a hatchery), then I would recommend Black Australorps. Black Australorps are extremely hardy. I've raised them where winter temperatures have reached 30 F below zero, and where summer temperatures frequently reached 117-118 F (123 F once), and in both temperature extremes they came through like troopers. Black Australorps are also calm and gentle. My children, and now my granddaughter, made lap pets of ours. And they are the best layers of the standard brown egg laying breeds. A Black Australorp holds the brown egg laying record with 364 eggs in 365 days, and while none of mine have ever reached that kind of production (and likely never will), I have still had a few of them lay over 300 eggs in a year. 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.
 

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