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My coop and chicken pen are 98% done....what chickens would you recommend ??  I have room for about 8-12 chickens...probably want to get pullets rather than chicks......also looking for egg layers not meat...although they will be eaten when they are not producing......my daughter likes some of the fancier chickens.. 

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I have had Rhode island reds for about six yeas. They are great egg layers and hold up to the elements really well. I never messed with raising them from chicks. To many things to worry about. 

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8-10 is all you'll need for your family and room to give eggs away. As they get older and during winter months production slows down.

As far as what I like? I enjoy a mix but would have to say the Barred Rocks are my favorite for personality and good layers. 

Buff Orpingtons are good also. The only chicken I've had, that I wont again, are Wyndottes.

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OK, my limited City Boy knowledge on raising egg laying Chickens...

We here at our little home like the Black/Red Star Chickens. They are very calm and do a stellar egg layers.

This year we added a new variety, "Australorps".  From what I read, they are suppose to be pretty good egg and meat birds.

The best white egg layers we has were the White Leghorn. BUT, these animals were very cannibalistic. Great white egg layers, but very aggressive.

Below is the info on each Chicken, I mentioned.

The company I deal with are very reliable.

We have used McMurray Hatchery for years without any problems.

 

https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/black_star.html

https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/black_australorps.html

https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/pearl_white_leghorn.html

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Reds , Buff Orpington , Speckled Sussex & on fancy note Polish Top Hat . I have each and Buff is a great producer . 

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A bunch of replies and a whole lot of differing opinions......LOL.......once we get the chickens Ill let you know what I get.......

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Just now, Farmshine said:

I have had good success with my Reds. Check out Moyers in Quakertown. Great prices great birds.

https://www.moyerschicks.com/product-category/egg-laying-birds/

I’m looking for Ameraucana layers to add to the flock if anyone can point me in the right direction (blue eggs)


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We have one of those as well ... we got her from :

Jersey Chickens

228 TomsRiver Road 

(609)575-5228 

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10 minutes ago, MRMCR said:

A bunch of replies and a whole lot of differing opinions......LOL.......once we get the chickens Ill let you know what I get.......

Lol , yeah everyone has their opinions, as long as your daughter thinks they’re cute and they’re cold hardy your good to go . Have Fun !!! 

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Plus if you tie flies.......free hackles......

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Have had reds for 8 years now, RI and NH.  They are pretty quiet, lay well, and listen like a dog.  Had one live for 7 years, and was giving me jumbo eggs when 5-6 years old.  10 birds were giving me around 6 eggs daily.  Gave a lot away.  Now I have 6.  Sometimes run low on eggs in the winter, but still get 2-3 eggs a day.  Keep a light on in the coop when the days get shorter.  My store bought water heater containers weren't lasting long, so I made one with a large cookie tin and a cheap light fixture kit for a lamp.  Drill a hole through the tin to pass the hollow threaded rod through, put nut on the outside of rod, pass wire through and connect to head on the inside, affix head onto rod and tighten nut.  A 40 watt incandescent bulb is plenty to warm up the tin enough to keep the water bowl from freezing, plus it provides heat in the coop.  I use a small led lamp for light that doesn't get hot, just in case they roost against it in my small coop.

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What chicken coop?   I don't see any chicken coop....

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8 minutes ago, Nomad said:

What chicken coop?   I don't see any chicken coop....

Just close your eyes it looks Great :popcorn:

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When the hell did you find time to build a coop in this weather?  I'll be starting on a Woods Coop once the damn snow goes away and stays away:

woods-6.jpeg

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Red sexlink are egg laying machines, Plymouth barred rock second. 

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like others have said opinions change I have 6 mixed breeds the guy I got them from didn't know exactly what they were, they are decent layers. I have 2 mixed breed ducks, again the guy didn't know what they were and they are excellent layers, I get almost an egg a day from the ducks, they are larger and taste better than the chickens, all are better than store bought eggs.

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4 hours ago, NJREALTOR said:

Mine is just a sketch... that keeps changing...

Check out the Woods Fresh Air Poultry House:

 

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The coop looks good!
I chose some day old and some started chicks depending on availability and time of year.
Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Rocks, Wyandotte,
*Blue Splash, White, Golden and Silver Marans (for the chocolate eggs). They taste the best.


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So the coop was finished and all buttoned up last week.......my daughter and her boyfriend went to a farm in Colts Neck and picked up 5 chickens yesterday.....3 were pullets and 2 were young ( silkies )....when we went to check on them about an hour ago........Tragedy struck......seems the bigger ones made it to the higher part of the coop while the 2 small ones either jumped or were pushed......yes the coop and the whole yard flooded.....the 2 small ones either drowned or froze in the water.....lesson learned, always check your critters during adverse weather conditions.......in 15 years it never flooded like that over there.....

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Lol I hat to give my girls life vest today, lol

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