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Which type of Chickens should I choose?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by lyndatu, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. lyndatu

    lyndatu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello!

    My coop is almost finished! Now I'm planning on what Chickens I should have. Unfortunately, I'm limited to only 5 chickens because we had a lot of chickens before but our neighbors complained about the noise and smell. Some even broke into their houses! I'm planning:

    2 egg layers
    3 chickens for meat

    This really isn't my plan. I was really planning 3 egg layers, 1 silkie hen and 1 rooster, but my family mainly wanted chickens for their meat. I wanted chickens for eggs and as pets. But, I'm following my family's plan and I have no choice. What breeds would you recommend for the types of chickens above? I really want chickens that are white or brown, fat and feathery because they look really good and I like to watch them live out. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    This
    is a good starting place.

    My Miss MoneyPenny is a Silkie/Cochin mix. She's fluffy and orangey/brown and teeny. LOL Nice personality and she lays small tan eggs. She also can go broody at the drop of a hat.

    Most of the meat birds are Cornish/Rock crosses. Cornish come in a bantam size but I don't know how much meat you get off one...
     
  3. Corey NC

    Corey NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    Remeber that silkies are batams and 3 batam eggs equal 1 standard egg.
     
  4. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eggs:
    Rhode Island Reds = Brown Eggs
    Pearl White Leghorns = White Eggs
    Speckeled Sussex = Light brown eggs, better for colder climates than RIR or PWL but doesn't lay as many eggs as RIR or PWL.

    Meat:
    Dark Cornish Roo - Doesn't grow quite as fast as the cornish x rock, poo machine.
    Cornish X Rock - Grows lightning fast; poo machine.
     
  5. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Pick whatever you like - you've got good suggestions already...

    I'd just add that to keep the neigbors happy, be sure to keep your chickens up.

    I love my chickens a bunch, but would hate to have someone ELSE's roaming around the yard - same as for dogs. Its OK if MY dog poos in my yard, but not so cool for the neighbor's dog...

    Anyway, sounds like you are building a proper coop this time and keeping them up will help your neighborly relations.

    Also, avoiding roosters can help a lot there too..or at least eating them before they start crowing too much.
     
  6. karri25

    karri25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are looking for good egg layers, why not ed sex links??? The days are WAY short here now and I am still getting almost 100% laying without any extra lighting!
    Good luck on your choice. Sounds like you have pretty mean neighbors:-(

    Oh, they lay brown eggs!
     
  7. lyndatu

    lyndatu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good suggestions! Thanks!


    I never saw a brown egg, but it looks tasty! I'll get a chicken that lays some!

    And, I don't really want to eat my pet chickens. Just imagine, you had a good relationship with your chicken, then she's going to your stomach?! I prefer chicken from the market!

    Anyways, thanks for your help!


    I like silkies! (but only a little because they look like mutants from The Hills Have Eyes)

    Oh, and one more question: are mating services available in stores? I want to keep a rooster to fertilize my hens, but they're too darn noisy! I want to strangle him; Just kidding. Thanks in advance!

    [​IMG]:|[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]:eek:
     
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    LOL!!!
    Silkies aren't really chickens: They're really mutated bunnies from Chernobyl and 3 Mile Island...[​IMG]
     

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