A question came through from Jessica about what backyard chicken breeds I have. While that’s a simple answer, I thought that others might have some wisdom to share about breeds they recommend AND advice for first-time chicken owners.
If you have advice, leave it in the comments!
Question from Jessica:
Hi! There was a city ordinance just passed in my city allowing chickens! We want egg layers and I love yours. What type of egg laying chickens do you own?
Hi Jessica! First of all, can we get a BOOYAH on the new city ordinance? That’s awesome – and awesome that you’d like to raise your own chickens for yummy eggs from happy hens.
The street name for our chickens is the feathered photobomber.
Just kidding. They’re Silver Laced Wyandottes, and we got them from Cackle Hatchery, which is semi-local to us. (Another place to order heritage/rare breed chickens here, and you can often get them from local farmers.)
Update: we now also have Buff Orpingtons, which we love!
They eat lots of bugs, plenty of whatever they can scratch & peck from our property, some extra dried mealworms and some (chicken-safe) kitchen scraps. In the winter, when bugs n’ grubs are scarce, they eat some supplemental non-GMO, soy-free organic feed. We use this waterer, which requires this warmer in the winter.
We really like these gals, and it’s been fun to see them grow. I usually post my chicken photos to Instagram, so be sure to follow!
Since it sounds like you’re in the city, you probably can’t have a rooster. You CAN order sexed chicks or pullets, but be ready: a roo or two might slip through. We ended up with one, and we ordered all hens! We can have roosters out here, though, and we love Little Jerry Seinfeld.
A word of wisdom: having chickens is easy in some ways, awesome in LOTS of ways, and difficult in others. It’s awful to lose one to a predator, and it’s not cheap at the beginning (see my post on chicken ownership: expectations vs. reality). You’ve also got to be ready to possibly slaughter your gals when they stop laying, OR continue to feed a non-laying hen for the rest of its natural life.
All I’m sayin’ is: be ready for anything – as I’m sure you are!
Have fun with your chickens, Jessica!
What are your favorite breeds? Which ones would you avoid? If you’ve got wisdom to share about chicken ownership, breeds, or what to expect, please leave it in the comments!
Thanks for reading!