This is not a task I take lightly. I’ve wanted chickens for so very long, that now that the time has come to actually choose a breed, I’m reading everything I can get my hands on to help me make the decision. It feels monumental!
But the task is not insurmountable. Not at all. In fact, I’m beginning to narrow things down.
There are many breeds of chickens which are usually divided into two groups. The kind you raise for meat, and the kind you raise for eggs.
Now, in my mind, I think I could butcher my own chickens. But something tells me that the moment I hold that soft fluffy bird in my hands, my resolve may weaken. So I’ve decided that my first two or three birds will be egg layers, and after that, I’ll add a few dual-purpose hens to the mix.
I need friendlier birds that won’t mind my Mini Me handling them. He loves chickens and will handle them (gently) for quite a while. So I need a breed that will put up with that. I also need a breed that will handle the hot summers here in the Sonoma County and I really love the idea of multi-colored eggs.
With all of this in mind, the Easter Egger breed seems to fit the bill.
Once I have one or two of those under my wing, I’ll add one or two Red Stars to the mix too. I just can’t have too many chickens because my city places a limit on the total amount of animals you can have. And since we have two dogs and one cat, that limits the number of birds allowed.
Sor now, I feel pretty confident that these two breeds will be a good start for me.
And now, on to building my checklist for everything I need to get done BEFORE I bring my girls home! I’ll be sharing that shortly…