Jenny asks…

chicken breeds?

i have this silver chicken its small i would like to know what breed it is if you know about chicken breeds maybe you could reply sugggesting some breeds it could be

thanks

chicken keeper answers:

Try this:

http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/poultry/chickens/

Carol asks…

What chicken breeds can raise their own young?

I’ve noticed that chicken breeds who are supposedly “broody” tend to brood for a while and then get up and leave their eggs to chill. I was wondering… is there a kind of chicken that can really raise its own young? One that has good enough production?

chicken keeper answers:

Any breed can hatch and raise chicks, however for many (mostly production, and ornamental fowl it is unlikely, as the trait has been bred out of them). This being said, it is also important to realize that each hen has her own personality. Even amongst my broodiest breeds, I have hens that have never showed any signs of wanting to hatch chicks, and hens that have abandoned their young.

There are breeds that are particularly known for their mothering abilities. These would include Cochins, Silkies, Brahmas, Orpingtons, Old English Game Fowl, and so forth. You may find this chicken chart to be helpful if you are trying to make a selection for broody fowl, that fit your needs. Http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

Personally, I really favor the large fowl Orpington, and Brahma. They are good layers (not terrific, but lay no matter the weather), calm, stay behind my fence, and have proven to be steady mothers.

 

Donald asks…

What are the best chicken breeds for laying and eating?

We would like to start a chicken coop and we are wondering what the best breeds for laying are and what the best breeds for eating are? Can I house them together? Will they crossbreed if I do this? Any suggestions? We are in SW Washington.

Thanks = ]

chicken keeper answers:

Buff Orpingtons are great layers and are extremely hearty even during winter. So are the Araucana’s which lay tinted eggs (blue, olive and sometimes pinkish). If you’re looking for a meat bird, I’d recommend the Cornish as they are usually ready for eating by 3 months.

Any breed of chickens will crossbreed, but with any animal… The males (AKA cocks) will most likely pick fights with each other. I recommend free range if you are interested in getting more than 1 male of each breed. They forage for food, and are healthier, not to mention their meat/eggs will be too.

If you plan on caging them up, make sure they have ample room because over crowding leads to feather picking. I recommend a 10×10 pen for more than for 15 birds, with a roosting pole/swing and nesting boxes.

Good luck, and have fun!

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