Choosing a Chicken Breed for Eggs
Choosing a chicken breed for eggs requires thinking about a variety of issues. Many factors have to be seriously considered if you want to raise chickens. You must first think of breeds of chicken and what you need them for specifically. With time and effort, bringing up a chicken breed can be a rewarding hobby for anyone. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
First, think about how much space you have to house chickens. Certain breeds of chicken will require more room than others. Some chicken breeds can be considerably larger than others and so for them to be comfortable they will need a bigger area to live. Generally speaking 10 adult chickens can live comfortably in a 10ft by 10ft enclosure.
Figure out the amount of spare time you have. Raising chickens for egg purposes often takes a great deal of time. You must be willing to put this in. Obviously, a larger number of chicken breeds will mean more time spent. Some find that buying a small group to start with is best. You can then decide on whether you have time to get more to add to the flock.
What colour eggs do you want? There are the common white and brown varieties of course. However, there are a whole range of other coloured chicken eggs depending on the breeds of chicken. Some can even be blue or pink.
• American chicken breeds (Plymouth Rocks, Jersey Giants) and English breeds of chicken (Orpington) produce eggs that are shades of brown.
• Mediterranean chicken breeds (Leghorns or Minorcas) lay white eggs
• South American Auracana gives many different colours of egg.
Next, think how many eggs you need or want. Certain types of chicken breed can lay as much as one egg per day! So if you have ten chickens you could be getting up to 50 eggs each week. This is an unmanageable number for most, as they will soon build up and you may end up wasting them. If you do not need this many eggs, you should consider heavier breeds of chicken that do not lay as many.