By R.J. Ruppenthal
Considering getting chickens? unsure what style is better? if you are able to study which sorts of hens lay plenty of eggs regularly, make sturdy pets, and healthy fortunately in small sized yards, you have got come to the perfect position. This brief e-book, that is a significant other to my yard Chickens for rookies: Getting the easiest Chickens, selecting Coops, Feeding and Care, and Beating urban poultry legislation (also on hand as an publication or in print on Amazon), offers you info on 12 sorts of chickens that are most fitted for a small again backyard flock. As an advantage, i have incorporated five extra breeds within the unique bird bankruptcy on the finish.
There's loads of unfastened info on-line approximately other forms of chickens. it truly is nice to have this to be had, yet sorting via it could actually take loads of time. whilst i made a decision to get chickens, I spent many hours learning diverse chook breeds in books and on the web. on the time, I had a small backyard within the urban. the single factor I knew approximately chickens used to be that the hens lay the eggs and the roosters make lots of the noise!
From my examine, I realized that there are as many as one hundred seventy five other kinds of chickens on this planet. even though, basically 12 poultry breeds met my standards, that have been:
* usual and prolific egg layers
* cozy in an enclosed coop and run region
* ideally, no longer too loud
* pleasant round humans
First, I basically had sufficient room for 2-4 chickens, so it made experience to settle on a sort that will lay plenty of eggs. If a chicken from Breed A lays an ordinary of 2 eggs every week, whereas a Breed B rooster averages 4 or 5 eggs a week, then why would i need Breed A? that is a hundred eggs consistent with 12 months as opposed to 200-250. If i am feeding those birds and protecting them for egg construction, then i would like my chickens to be enthusiastic about laying. during this publication, we'll conceal the most efficient sorts of egg laying hens.
Second, I heard that no longer all chickens are cozy in enclosed areas just like the cop and enclosed run zone i used to be construction. a few breeds are flighty and frightened, who prefer to unfastened diversity forever, and infrequently perching on fences and flying into timber when you allow them to out. yet different chickens deal with confinement good, stay satisfied in small areas, and are inclined to remain in a fenced backyard for those who allow them to out to loose variety. I positioned the satisfied ones on my record.
While i admire to permit my hens to loose diversity within the yard, i can't do that all day, on a daily basis. Like so much of you, i've got an afternoon task and am clear of domestic many of the day. while i'm long past, our chickens remain of their coop and enclosed run sector. while i am domestic, i'm going to allow them to out into the backyard. Getting them down from bushes and chasing them via friends' yards isn't really how i need to spend my evenings. except you've gotten an enormous volume of house, determining birds which could deal with confinement is perhaps a smart guess for you, too. you can find them during this e-book.
Third, with a small urban backyard and friends shut on each facet, i needed to discover a few quiet chickens. Roosters are the loud ones, and that i had no goal of having a hen (which aren't wanted for egg creation and are unlawful in my urban anyway). notwithstanding, a few hens crow a piece additionally, and this is quite loud within the morning or once they announce that they have got laid eggs. there's regularly an opportunity of having a noisy bird from any breed, yet a consensus has emerged on which breeds are the quietest regularly. this data took me the longest to discover, yet i'm going to prevent time by way of summarizing it during this e-booklet.
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Additional info for Best Chicken Breeds: 12 Types of Hens that Lay Lots of Eggs, Make Good Pets, and Fit in Small Yards
Ask people to imagine a chicken and many of them will think of a RIR. This is the classic brick red chicken with a rectangular, brick shaped body. While the breed is not as popular as it once was commercially, it is one of the most common varieties of backyard chickens. RIRs lay lots of eggs with a low-key demeanor that keeps them popular. However, owners do report that these hens can be hot tempered and a little standoffish at times, an attitude that should mellow with time and familiarity around people.
On rare occasions, a very broody, aggressive, or loud hen can be a real pain in the neck, and you may have to get rid of her. But in general, all of the breeds mentioned in this book are quite reliable and I think you will be happy with whichever ones you choose. Best Breeds Here are the best chicken breeds I have found for backyards, presented in alphabetical order. Both standard and bantam sized birds are available for most of these breeds. The size information I have provided for each one refers to standard breeds only.
Wyandotte Overview These birds are longtime backyard favorites. Wyandottes lay quite well, handle confinement without complaint, and have a calm, carefree nature. They are dual purpose breed, having good value as both egg layers and meat birds. Wyandottes were developed in the United States, probably in New York in the late 1800s. Most people find them quite attractive, since they tend to have swirled or spotted color patterns due to the dark highlights on the edges of their feathers. Many different colors exist and the highlighted edges on feathers are known as “lacing”.