What breed is good to start with?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chixnewb, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. chixnewb

    chixnewb New Egg

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    I'm in the process of building a coop and planning on getting chickens soon. I'm wondering what breed/breeds I should be looking at getting. Since I live in Ohio I need breeds that can survive the cold winter. I am looking for good layers and thinking of starting with about 4 although my coop will allow for more later. I don't have preference to egg color but prefer large eggs. I plan on working with the chicks to get them used to people and being handled/picked up but my 6 year old nephew may be occasionally helping when he visits so I need a somewhat docile breed.
     
  2. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We all have our favorites so telling you an exact breed really isn't going to do anything for you. I suggest to buy from someone local (not TSC) for the best acting chicks. You'll want to ask on your state thread because they will know best for your area. If you are not showing you may want to consider backyard mixes (mutts). Backyard mixes come from birds that thrive in your area and breed so they are always a good choice.
    Here is your state thread, just jump to the end and ask:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/12049/ohio-come-on-buckeyes-let-me-know-your-out-there
     
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Obviously Buckeye because your from Ohio.

    When starting out and when only wanting so few birds it's probably best to get pullets from your local feed store during "chick days" this spring. No roosters to worry about culling later for food. If that's what you want then go for straight run chicks. Breeds carried by your local supply can be known by calling them and asking what they will be getting in. Then do some research on your options.
     

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