First off, I’d like to apologize for the lack of posting the last week or so. Things have been a bit nutty here on the homestead. Budgets are being made and schemes are being developed. Regardless, onward to the chickens.
While parusing the internet while eating my tasty and yet horrible for me and everyone else overly processed chicken nuggets, I began thinking about out goals on beginning to raise chickens for eggs and possibly meat. I came across this nifty little find: My Pet Chicken: Which Chicken Breed Selector tool.
By entering the hardiness for winter, how unique of a breed you want, if you’re going to hatch chicks, the colors of the eggs you desire, and the attitude combined with the egg laying rate of the birds, this feature helps gives suggestions for the breeds that best fit into your game plan. By entering the specifics that Joe and I are looking for, I was able to find 19 different birds that fit our desires. From this point on, you’re allowed to click on each species and get a wonderful snippet of what the bird is like. Going from this alone, it looks like my personal favorites are currently the Orpington, Easter Eggers, and New Hampshire Red.