|I'm thinking the chickens will go in the back corner. Location may change.|
I've been doing some reading on chickens the past few weeks. I've mainly been reading from Barnyard in your Backyard, edited by Gail Damerow. It’s a beginner’s guide to raising chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, goats, sheep, and cattle. Obviously we’re not planning to raise all those things, but the section on raising chickens has really helped me learn a lot.
If what I read in the book is correct I think we’ll want 8-10 hens. I mostly want them for laying eggs and the three types of chicken recommended in the book are Ancona, Leghorn, and Minorca. I don’t think I want Leghorn’s because supposedly they’re not very laid back and I think they lay white eggs too? Not for sure on that though. The Dual-Purpose Breeds recommended are New Hampshire, Plymouth Rock, and Rhode Island Reds. Those are used for laying eggs and for meat. I want chickens that lay brown or speckled eggs, those are the favorites. Do any of you bloggers who raise chickens have any suggestions on what type might be best for us?
We haven’t gotten very far on the chicken adventure, but we’re working on it. I've talked to the local feed store about purchasing chickens. The lady there said it would be least expensive to purchase them in the spring (April). Hubby doesn't want a rooster because they are noisy. I think I’d want one eventually so that we could hatch our own chicks, but that’s probably for much further down the road.
Do you have any suggestions for a first-time chicken farmer?
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