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Old 05-10-2011, 11:36 PM   #1
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So, as many of you know we are moving to a new house. At this house we have found that we have tons of space for chickens, and a coop already built, HOWEVER, we don't know what kind of chickens to buy. We want good laying hens that wont cause much trouble. What breed or breeds are good chickens to have? Does it matter?

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What did the previous owner have?

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What did the previous owner have?

She didn't have any. She built the coop, but never got around to putting anything in it, and as a new development I just found out that we do want hens that will go broody as well, because we do want some chicks to be born.
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This is where we got ours. You can filter down to get precisely what you want. We went for mostly New Hampshire Reds, Production Reds, and Naked Necks. They all lay brownish eggs, which is what we wanted.

http://www.ideal-poultry.com/

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IDEAL POULTRY - Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Guineas, Bantams, Chicks, Turkeys, Poultry, Birds, Fowl

Well see, we have plenty of places to get chickens and eggs etc around here, we just don't know what we need to have.
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How many chickens do you want?

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How many chickens do you want?

10 ten 10 ten 10 (only ten) Dang character count.
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That's a good start. You'll want one rooster. The only problem is that it's really hard to tell the sex of chicks ****insert witty comment or Freudian slip HERE****. Make sure you get them from someone that knows their stuff.

I think Production Reds would be a good choice for you.

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I like Leghorns, they lay very large eggs, but my wife doesn't because she wants the brown eggs. Note, white or brown they have the same flavor and nutrition content but the brown eggs have become synonymous with 'farm' eggs. The down side of leghorns are they are a little high strung and will pick at each other's feathers if they are couped up too much.

Next to them, Road Island Reds (brown eggs), Aracauna <sp> (easter eggs = pastel pink or green), and Golden Sexlinks (brown eggs) are my favorite.

The bantam breeds (miniature) are the most broody and will even hatch other chickens eggs. But lay tiny eggs themselves. However, don't over crowd them (any breed) or no one will hatch anything because when one gets up to eat another will steel the nesting box to lay in and then no one wants to sit on it. (Women, huh).

Here's the most important thing to remember...Dispite what my wife thinks, it doesn't matter if you have one Road Island Red or 20, they are ALL named Red. Likewise, if you have 16 Golden Sexlinks they are ALL named Sexy Chicken (or just Sexy for short). They are not, I repeat NOT individually named things like Tootsie, Barbie, Marilyn, etc.

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That's a good start. You'll want one rooster. The only problem is that it's really hard to tell the sex of chicks ****insert witty comment or Freudian slip HERE****. Make sure you get them from someone that knows their stuff.

I think Production Reds would be a good choice for you.

That is what I have been looking at. That and some guinea fowl to control the bug population?
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