As winter draws to a close, some folks are busy drooling over mail order chick catalogs trying to determine which breeds they would like to get this year. Some are just starting out and others are trying to narrow down their must-have breeds. Chicken math is in full swing and if you are like me, you might even need to put the blinders on! Here are nine tips to help you chose the right chickens that you might find helpful when it comes time to begin keeping chickens or add to your flock.
Consider why you want chickens? Do you want chickens for their eggs, their look, their personality, meat and so forth.
Does their appearance matter to you? What colors are you drawn to? Do you care if their legs are feathered or not?
Where do you live and what is the climate like? There are breeds that do better in cold climates and some that do better in warm climates.
What about personality? Some chickens are very friendly and docile while other breeds can be skittish.
Do you want a flock of all the same breed or mixed? It doesn’t matter to the chickens as long as you keep more than 3 at a time. (Think flock mentality)
Do you want colored eggs? Eggs come in all colors and you can chose breeds that lay blue, white, brown, green, pink and cream colored eggs to name a few.
Are you thinking of showing chickens? You might change your breeder/supplier based on that information.
Will kids be involved? Consider not getting a rooster (pay extra to have them sexed) and also chose docile friendly breeds.
How much room do you have? Consider birds that can handle confinement well if you are limited on space.