What To Consider When Selecting Chicken Breeds

April 4, 2017 Tobit Chicken Care

Planning On Buying Chickens – Learn Some Things To Consider

Faverolle and Buff Orpington Chickens in Grass Buying new chickens is something that a lot of people do because they get swept into all the cuteness that is in the stores when they are walking through the feed stores. The problem is with all the cuteness comes a lot of responsibility and some of this is something that no one ever thought of having to encounter before. Since that is the case, we are going to go over a quick list of some of the factors that you need to consider when you are looking into getting either your hundredth order of chicken or your kids have bugged you enough you are getting your first batch. With that being said, here are some of the factors you should consider in the chickens you are buying.

Hens Or Roosters 

This is a big consideration that you need to make. If you are getting the chickens for eggs only then you do not need to get any roosters. So you should make sure you look at the store or hatchery and see if they offer pullets only or if it is a straight run. If it is a straight run the chances are good that you will end up getting roosters mixed in and to high of a ratio of roosters to hens will cause fighting.

If you want to get hens only, you need to make sure you get sexed chicks. These can come in almost every breed, except Silkie chicks are usually unsexed. However, the sexing of the birds to get just the females does tend to cost more so be aware of that cost because it may be more than what you expect. So you should find a place that is offering pullets only in the way of birds.

 

Types Of Eggs You Want From The Chickens

Chicken Knocking ON DoorIf you want to get eggs, you should know about the type of eggs you are going to be getting. Normally you may think that you are going to get white egg laying birds, but this is far from the case and often you will find the birds you are buying from either a hatchery or the store is going to have brown egg layers. However, if you really want to get a unique chicken then you should look at the Easter Eggers The Easter Egger Hen: How Lucky Got Her Name New Price: $9.99 Old Price: $9.99 (as of 04/30/2017 01:09 UTC) as they are going to lay eggs that will be more of a green, blue, or even pink in color. So you will have a great time collecting the eggs and come Easter will not even have to color the eggs.

Meat Chickens

These are the chickens that are going to grow quite a bit faster than what you would expect, but you will usually only have the birds for about six to eight weeks before they are going to be ready to be processed. With that being the case, you will have these birds only for a short time period. However, when you are shopping for these birds you need to make sure you are getting broilers. If you get anything other than broilers you will notice the speed which the birds are going to grow and how they are going to transform the feed into meat is going to be dramatically decreased.

Final Thoughts

Silkie RoosterBuying chickens is very exciting, but you need to know what you are getting in the chicken. By following this quick, but far from complete list it will be very easy for you to get the information you need on buying chickens. All we have to say is make sure you are ready and once you do get the chickens make sure you take care of them properly. Doing this will guarantee you are going to have chickens that are happy and will provide you with the food that you want to have and the companionship you never thought you would have had before.

 

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