How are the chicks doing? I have not lost a single one, and they are all doing great.
Chicken breeds in this video:
There are two roosters:
The rest are hens, a dozen of them. This brings my chicken flock to...
Three of my hens are sitting on eggs. One of them hatched out a chick.
What gets me:
Two of the hens are Barred Rocks, which rarely go broody.
One is an Australorp. which has a reputation of going broody.
My first set of chickens was back around 1987 or 1988. My granny kept chickens, but...
What are good chicken breeds for a long term shtf / teotwawki situation?
Let's consider three traits:
Dual purpose for meat and egg production
Hardy is defined as, "robust; capable of enduring difficult conditions."
The breeds listed should be able to...
We got the new order of chicks in Thursday August the 14.
Friday while my wife and I were babysitting the grandkids, they decided the new chicks needed a chicken house. So the kids built a chicken house on the kitchen table.
Related thread - my next order of chicks
The order ended up...
I am trying to plan what chicks I should get this spring. My wife has already made her list and ordered her chicks. This thread about which chicks I should order.
My wife has already ordered 11 Buff Orpingtons including one rooster.
I am torn between Dominiques, Rhode Island Reds...
What would you consider to be the best overall chicken for a self-sustaining homestead?
Lets not limit ourselves to a single breed of chicken. Instead, lets throw out several breeds and discuss the merits of each one.
Traits I would look for:
Good meat bird...