Raising Chickens - Which Breed is Right for You?
It didn't take me long to realize that each breed of chicken has its own temperament and personality. Whether you are choosing a breed for meat, eggs or both, or just looking for their 'ornamental assets', there are some things you should consider. First, all hens lay eggs, you do not need a rooster present. And except for the Ameraucana's and Araucana's they will lay either white or brown eggs. There are standard chickens and there are bantams (also called bantys), which are smaller sized varieties of chickens. The space you have to devote to raising chickens may determine whether you want a large breed or a bantam. Bantams are great for smaller yards as their diminutive size allows more birds in a given area than standard breeds. Keep in mind, a chicken requires 3 – 5 square feet per bird. If children will be helping you raise your chickens, select a breed that is wild and wacky looking yet calm and gentle in temperment such as silkies, cochins, houdans or orpingtons.