6 Steps to Picking your First Chicken

| 7/30/2018 8:55:00 AM

Picking a Chicken Breed 

As many experienced chicken keepers will know, the spring and summer times are extremely busy as we like to add chickens to our flock. This is also the time when beginners tend to start keeping chickens for the first time. With over 100 different breeds of chicken, choose the right one can be an overwhelming thought.

In this guide we will talk you through the key things you need to consider to make sure you pick the perfect chicken breed for your needs.

Step 1: Eggs, Meat or Both…

Generally speaking most breeds of chicken can be broadly split into either egg layers or meat birds. There are also combinations of both which are known as dual purpose chickens. So before you go any further you need to decide why you want chickens. By far the most common reason people want chickens is for the eggs, so generally I’d recommend beginners to get either an egg laying or dual purpose breed.

Step 2: Is Your Climate Suitable?

Next up is making sure the chicken breed you’re interested in can be kept in your climate.

Certain breeds of chicken, such as Minorcas, are known for being able to tolerant hot climates. Whereas other breeds, such as Plymouth Rocks, are known for being able to survive very cold climates; most breeds fit somewhere in the middle. With many being able to tolerate both mild and warm climates. Generally a good rule of thumb is if there are local breeders who sell that specific breed then it’s good to keep in that climate.

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