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#3193055 - 03/14/13 09:42 PM Best Chickens?
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Registered: 08/07/01
Posts: 10428
Loc: Cleveland, TN USA

I am sort of knocking around the idea of raising a few (2-3) chickens. I have a question for the chicken raisin' experts. What is the best breed of chicken to raise in a small area?

What I plan to raise them in.

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#3193060 - 03/14/13 09:52 PM Re: Best Chickens? [Re: Kirk]
12 Point

Registered: 06/28/07
Posts: 7182
Loc: Rhea County

We bought 6 Dark Brahma chicks 2 weeks ago that seem to bee doing fine. They are suppose to lay light brown eggs around 3 to 4 a week. They are pretty cool looking have feathers on the legs and grow to be around 10lbs.
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#3193061 - 03/14/13 09:54 PM Re: Best Chickens? [Re: Kirk]

Registered: 09/28/03
Posts: 26196
Loc: Spring Hill, TN

Pretty Taj Mahen, there man! Here's a link to an article on the top 5 backyard breeds. They include Rhode Island Reds and Ameracaunas, both of which we have in our wildly mixed troupe of 17 birds. RIRs lay brown eggs, the Ameracauna will have a pale blue or green egg. Both breeds are very people-friendly, which the kids would probably like. Heck, we grown-ups like a friendly bird unafraid to eat out of our hands, too.

Jersey Giants are available at our local Tractor Supply right now, as are the Reds and Ameracaunas
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#3193066 - 03/14/13 09:58 PM Re: Best Chickens? [Re: Kirk]
Outdoor life
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Registered: 12/19/12
Posts: 891
Loc: Jackson Co. TN

Any chicken is happy as long as it is fed. We have now just around 20 chickens here, but we used to have over 50, and we couldn't sell the eggs fast enough so had to sell a few.

I was always a fan of the dominecker, but thats just me. 2 or 3 chickens will fit in that no problem of any species I think.

Might have to move it around to let the chickens pick the grass, cause it wont take long in that.
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#3193079 - 03/14/13 10:11 PM Re: Best Chickens? [Re: Outdoor life]
6 Point

Registered: 09/14/11
Posts: 679
Loc: Hohenwald,Tn

If your worried about space and dont care about eggs for the table you can get Bantams in all colors and varieties. If you want a couple for laying its hard to beat the red or black sex links.
#3193086 - 03/14/13 10:25 PM Re: Best Chickens? [Re: Hardwoodmaterials]
8 Point

Registered: 11/01/10
Posts: 1079
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

We've always run black sex links that came from the 4-H chick chain. We were up to 70 birds at one time. Coons killed all but 4 in 2 nights.

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#3193095 - 03/14/13 11:00 PM Re: Best Chickens? [Re: JandSCattleCo]

Registered: 09/28/03
Posts: 26196
Loc: Spring Hill, TN

Yeah, we have a couple black sex links (Black Stars) and red sex links (Red Stars). They're very nice birds, good layers, and tend to be available from 4-H folks who successfully raised more than they anticipated, and are downsizing or getting out completely. Would be a great choice if you can find them.

Just checked the Chattanooga Craigslist and seems like most of the chickens are across the GA line or up in Dunlap.
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#3193122 - 03/15/13 04:18 AM Re: Best Chickens? [Re: Nimrod777]
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14 Point

Registered: 03/04/10
Posts: 9458
Loc: Beech Bluff, TN

Good laying hens are black sex links and speckle sussex. My speckle sussex lay more consistant. Your feed is very important for laying. You have any questions, just ask.

#3193159 - 03/15/13 06:18 AM Re: Best Chickens? [Re: Kirk]
10 Point

Registered: 09/03/08
Posts: 4764
Loc: Shelby County

I was 8 years old, raised a Bantam Rooster, name Rocky, of course. He would perch on the sofa and watch TV. Sounds weird but he was housebroken. He could crow with the best of them. Sure miss that bird.
#3193173 - 03/15/13 06:51 AM Re: Best Chickens? [Re: DaveB]

Registered: 09/02/11
Posts: 62
Loc: blount

Always had good luck with black sex links and golden comets, and buff orpingtons.
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