My chickens are getting on a bit and I have lost some. I was thinking in a few months of replenishing them with maybe a new breed. BUT! What breed? We like eggs to eat and I would like to incubate eggs to sell the chicks. Anyone any experience of doing this? Which breed of chicks sell for the most and who lay quite a few eggs. I thought we may as well think about it properly, rather than getting all the waifs and strays...again. Haha!
Thanks for your help!
P.S. The chickens I still have shall stay with me until their time comes-Im not going to chuck them out on their ear. I love them and I will keep them-just sounded like I was going to get rid of them all when I re-read! Sure you know thats not the case but just to clear up :o)
Chicken Breeds(10 posts)
I think silkies are a saught after breed as they go broody and make great mums.
I will ask my neighbours and friend who is an authority on poultry.
Hope you and yours are all well.
Sara @ farmingfriends
Thanks Sara, That would be great, are their eggs good for eating and they good layers? I would rescue ex batts but you cant breed from them since they are hybrids, I shall still have some that I shall rescue!
I went to an auction a while back-where I bought Pye from, and they had some teeny tiny little chickens, they were sooo cute, I think they are Japanese minature bantams, I fancy maybe 2 of those and have them in the garden in a seperate pen (Fido would eat them if they were in with the big guys!!) just to have as proper little pets!
But still need to have my business head on for eggs and chicks.
Thanks again :o)
my friend breed silkies - very pretty and they do brood well but the eggs are really tiny..........Sarah L
I sell my eggs to friends and family, I dont think they would be good, they sound nice to have as well as-in a seperate pen and have some egg layers too, my friend hatches silkies so I may see if I can get some from her! But need some egg chickens now....any ideas!?
I did some digging into breeds of chicken before I got mine. The best three breeds of chicken for egg laying are:-
White Leghorn--- Large white eggs but the chickens are highly strung.
Buff Orpington----Brown eggs. These chickens are mild mannered.
Rhode Island Red---Brown eggs. This is a hardy chicken that will adapt to any way of life, hot, cold, rain or sunshine.
This is the breed I have and they produce lots of eggs. I have hatched the eggs with a high % of success. I hope this information is of some help. Best Regards Bill
Thats a good summary Bill. I was going to say a friend has loads of different hens and she says the red's are the best all rounders.Sarah L
My beloved hen Hatty was a white leghorn and the white shelled eggs were lovely. She was a sweet hen and mixed well with the guinea fowl. She was never really tame in that I couldn't pick her up and didn't ever go broody but she would follow me around the garden and she had a great personality, she was definately the boss of the farmyard in a good way!
She was never poorly and laid eggs regularly, she was only egg bound once and when she died she hadn't shown any signs of illness, she was 5 when she died.
Here she is, I still miss her.
I don't think white leghorns are great for hatching chicks as they don't go broody very often.
Sara @ farmingfriends
Aww Sara she is lovely isnt she!! I dont mind if they go broody or not, I have an incy and if I get a couple of silkies then they can hatch the chicks.
Bill that is a wonderful list! I think I shall be looking into those 3, I prefer mild mannered ones that are friendly, as some I have at the min are scared stiff of me, which isnt very nice because I feel I stress them out-I dont know why they dont like me at all, I try to be friends with them :(
Thanks guys, you are fab!!
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