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what breeds do I want to start with?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by shend, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. shend

    shend Chirping

    Sep 16, 2010
    west michigan
    Ok, brand new chickener! Finished my coop this fall and plan to begin with my first attempt at raising chickens early next spring. Don't have a clue as to what breed to purchase. Not sure if I want to start right out with baby chicks, but will take your advise.

    I'm going to have a fair size outdoor space but my coop is appx 36 sq ft. How many will be comfortable in this size?

    I'm looking for layers primarily, but would like a good disposition as well. What should I choose?

  2. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    how is your climat?
    breeds I suggest are:
    Rhode Island Red
    plymouth rocks
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2010
  3. FrankRizzo

    FrankRizzo In the Brooder

    Oct 31, 2010
    Ardmore, Al
    I like Rhode Island reds. Have had a few other breeds and the reds always seem alot healthier and hardy. Have only had buff orpingtons, auracana's (these are hardy too) and couple other breeds but my pick for starting out would definately be RIR's in my opinion.[​IMG]

    I would guage how many by how many nest boxes you have. I think around 2 or maybe 3 per box would be acurate and have about 1 roo per 6 to 8 hens if you are wanting chicks. Im no expert but these were questions I asked too!!! Good luck with your new flock!

    Edit: Roos that are raised together work together in my experiences. If they are older and new to each other they will fight.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2010
  4. Mason

    Mason In the Brooder

    Dec 10, 2010
    Franklin NH
    Quote:I to have just started this past summer, New coop and I started with 12 Barred Rocks I am Very pleased with them . Just started laying about the end of Oct. Their disposition is fantastic the kids can pick them up and the hens follow the kids all over the yard. I have seen on BYC that 4 sq f per bird I do believe.

    Big Bill
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The recommendation for coop interior is 4sq ft per standard/large fowl (LF) chickens. That's floor space, and feeders, waterers, etc., take away from that space if they are on the floor of the coop. So, 36 sq ft means you could house 9.5 chickens. [​IMG]

    Dual purpose birds are my favorite, over mainly layer breeds. I'm partial to Plymouth Barred Rocks, which lay very well. Buff Orpingtons are my next favorites. Rhode Island Reds are also good, and my Rhoda is a good example: big, lays well, and is friendly. But some folks report RIRs as being mean. I haven't seen it. [​IMG]

    I also like starting with chicks, because they grow up more people- oriented, due to you being the care-giver from a very early age (3days or so, unless you hatch 'em, like I do, now). Some folks find that to be not such a pleasant time period, but I adore raising chicks.
  6. Chicken Frenzie

    Chicken Frenzie Chicken Whisperer

    Nov 2, 2010
    Black Austrolorps, if you like eggs ^^
    Their also really pretty, and mine is really nice [​IMG]
    Just gotta play with them! [​IMG]
  7. mom2to

    mom2to In the Brooder

    Oct 8, 2010
    i had cochin to start with and they laid 6 out of 7 days a week plus they was super friendly and don't fly. if you have kids a say (just me lol) a must. [​IMG]

  8. Louieandthecrew

    Louieandthecrew I am actually a female!

    Quote:Hello, and welcome to BYC!

    I agree with Cochins being great birds, and they are very friendly too! But, I've only had banty Cochins, so I don't know how their production is.
    There are many wonderful breeds of chicken that are known just for laying, and there are also many beautiful hens that lay almost just as much!

    Here is a list, first, of the breeds that may not look great to some, but are great layers. Many of these, I have NO experiance with, but I've heard amazing things about them [​IMG]:
    Rhode Island Red (No experiance)
    White Leghorn
    Red Sex Link
    Black Australorps (No experiance)
    Buckeye (No experiance)

    Next, is a list of hens that are very appealing and lay up to five or six eggs a week:
    Buff Orpington (No experiance)
    Barred Rock

    I know there are MANY more, but I just can't think of any others right off! Good luck, and I hope that we are a great help here on BYC!
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    If I were starting with 10 hens for the first time I would get

    3 Black Sex Links... They are LAYING machines.
    2 Rhode Island Reds. Lay well, Eye candy.
    2 Leghorns.
    2 Easter Eggers OR pure bred Ameraucanas.
    1 Polish hen. *eye candy.

    And you'll have a colorful egg basket....
  10. BuffOrpington22

    BuffOrpington22 In the Brooder

    Dec 11, 2010
    Klagetoh Arizona
    I say start with Barred Rocks they are very hardy and you get just the right amount of brown eggs.

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