Why I chose the chickens I have?
I obviously have no clue what I am doing, I just know what my goal is. Getting there has proven heartbreaking, but in the end shall be worth it. We wanted eggs and meat, plain and simple, yet had no idea what to buy. I emailed the hatchery and received a catalog, so many breeds to choose from. We decided on the Homesteader's Delight, think of it as a sampler of birds. I discovered my love for Chocolate. Strange that after she died, I didn't replace her.
We were told by many people that standard birds have been bred to not nest. And after much research, I had discovered many experts agree. We had decided that we wanted to try to hatch out our own chicks, so bantams were the next logical step. Just as we had decided on this, the hatchery sent me an email stating that their bantams were on sale. WOOHOO. We placed our order and received a plethora of mini birds. As some of my long time readers know, we had some problems with them, and lost most of them in a storm. The ones that survived prove to be good mothers, thus we are replacing them this spring.
Our last batch of ordered birds were a mix of good layers and meat birds, ones that have proven docile in the past and are not bent on the destruction of my children.
Many will tell you to do your research before deciding what you are going to buy, I say jump in, buy the sampler and discover first hand the types of birds you prefer, eat the ones you don't.The above is a duck
Do you have chickens? If so, why did you choose the ones you have?