|~I currently have twelve different breeds, for a total of 21 hens~|
|~While some breeds will naturally be higher in the pecking order than others, they all get along with each other~|
I only raise chickens for their eggs. We don't eat our chickens, not even once they are done laying, so I won't go into choosing meat breeds since I know nothing about raising meat birds.. We'll just focus on egg laying hens.
|~giving your flock at least a little time each day out of the run, supervised to protect them from predators, enables them to supplement their layer feed with insects, worms, weeds and grass~|
I currently raise or have raised in the past:
Bantam Chocolate Orpington
Black Copper Marans
Blue Copper Marans
Rhode Island Red
Silver Laced Wyandotte
In the interest of helping you choose some breeds that might be right for you, here are some desired traits and some of the breeds that possess each:
HERE is a wonderful article from The Livestock Conservancy on Australorps, one of my favorite breeds.
|~our Light Sussex, Guinevere, doesn't even seem to notice the snow~|
|~Magda, our Andalusian, handles the summer heat very well due to her large comb- yes, she's a hen, not a rooster!~|
|~Our Buff Orpington has had a few bouts with being broody, true to her breed~|
|~Our Andalusian, Eva, is only on the nest long enough to lay her egg and then she's off again on her next adventure~|
|~Our two Faverolles, Praline and Madeleine, seem unconcerned with being at the very bottom of the pecking order~|
I hope this has given you a starting point to begin choosing the breeds you will raise. There is plenty of breed information and wonderful photos online once you have your choices narrowed down a bit.