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First Time Ever (5 messages)
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My husband and I recently bought a farm and I wanted to get some chickens since we use about 4 dozen eggs in one week. We live in northern PA on a windy hill. Can anyone suggest a good chicken for a first timer who knows nothing about chickens?
4/14/2013 2:55 PM report abuse
Score: 19
Read the Murray McMurray catalog. You need to select the based on temperament, egg production and the climate. If you plan on eating the chicken itself, then you need to select a breed best suited for that purpose. Size can make a difference too depending on how many you want and how big your coop is. As one of the books I read said "chickens are easy to raise, humans make it complicated." Also, you may want to start with pullets instead of chicks the first time around.
4/15/2013 7:33 AM report abuse

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I have 20 acres in rural Cambridge where I hobby farm. I have chickens, ducks, geese, guineas, cats, dogs, goats, a horse and a miniature donkey.
I agree 100% with Guy. That being said I'll put a plug in for the Buff Orpington. Absolutely wonderful temperament, both the hens and the roosters. They are a great dual purpose bird. And their production of eggs is steady.
Post edited by WalkerC 4/15/2013 9:13 AM
4/15/2013 9:13 AM report abuse
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I just read about an iPhone app to help you select chickens. It is called "Pickin Chicken" It cost &2.99 in the app store. I didn't try it, but if anyone does, let us know how it works.
Post edited by GUYE 4/16/2013 9:54 AM
4/16/2013 9:53 AM report abuse
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i don't know anything about bantams --- MMH has a thing here on the site - on the top right corner - it says *chick selector* --- it is a great thing - you can put in characteristics that you think are important to you and it tells you what chickens work well --- some for heat tolerance - some for cold tolerance etc...
4/17/2013 7:30 AM report abuse