Once you have decided to o raise a small flock, you have the exciting decision as to which breed to raise.
Your Tastes will change as you raise them. Choosing from such beautiful birds may confound you with the range of choices, or you may find your self lured by a particular breed as soon as you see it. But their are
breeds for all needs.
Breeds For All Needs
Production for meat and eggs has been bred to high level. Modern chicken breeds and hybrids offer a wide range of characteristics. They are well documented and easily available from hatcheries and the local feed store.
Hybrid crosses, with their associated vigor, Can serve well in small production flocks.
Integrated and sustainable operations my find that traditional breeds offer many advantages in their settings. Traditional breeds have long-standing characteristics that have endeared them to farmers over the years. That very history may make them ideal bird for your needs. Modern commercial operations keep chickens for a year or 18 months at most. Fryers and broilers are processed for the table as early as 4 weeks, Seldom older the 16 weeks, Longevity is not a factor in commercial all-in/all-out production. For a small flock owner, However, it’s a good indicator of over-all vitality. Longevity is associated with low chick mortality,high productivity and generally strong constitutions.
Breeds and Varieties
A breed is a type of Chicken, defined its body conformation,Comb, and feather quality. A variety represents of color, comb, muff, tuft, or feather within a breed. Breeds breed true–that is , their offspring are reliably similar to them to at least 50% of the time, Breeding true is a requirement to be recognized by the American Poultry Association and is included in the American standard of perfection.
Hybrids by definition do not breed true. They are crosses between two or more separate breeds if you want to supply your own hybrids, you will need to keep breeding flocks of parent breeds. Small commercial operations that rely on hybrids may prefer to purchase birds from hatcheries as needed. The single most important quality that should guide you in choosing which breeds to raise is what you like. You will enjoy the most and have the most success with breeds that appeal to you. Chickens have wide appeal, and so many varied breeds are available that you should express your personalty in the breeds you raise.
How Many Breeds?
You may want to start with a single breed. That gives you a chance to become an expert on them. Many experts, recommend starting with a single breed to gain experience. Few people actually follow that advice. Keeping more then one breed can improve your general expertise. It can expose you to the differences between breeds as well as the difference between individuals. If you are keeping pure breeds , rely on the standard of perfection to learn their characteristics and discern which ones are desirable.
If you intend to breed your birds, having multiple breeds will require more pens and more paper work. Many breeders change the breeds they pursue over time, finding more satisfaction with over another.
How to Choose what Breed
Chickens have been categorized as meat birds, egg birds, and dual purpose birds. If you intend to produce for a market, these are important considerations.
Leghorns are the acknowledged leaders in egg production, such as Polish, Hamburgs, and Spanish, Lay very well. The Braggs Mountain Buff, a modern composite, was developed for its large brown eggs. Bovans, a modern hybrid, are often used in organic egg operations.
Barred Plymouth Rocks are becoming the preferred traditional breed for meat production today.
Cornish have a meaty, stocky build that makes them good for the Table. Cornish/Rock Hybrids are the dominant commercial chicken. Dominiques and Wyandottes were popular in American history. Dominique-type chickens are documented back to colonial days. although there is no hard evidence that they arrived with the Mayflower.
Dominiques were recognized as a breed by the early 19 century. Wyandottes were developed after the civil war and attracted many followers. The columbian Wyandotte ws admitted to the American Standard 1905, Interest continued thru the 20th century, with the blue variety recognized in 1977. These birds are again making there mark on the poultry niche market All Chickens Lay eggs and are good to eat, so categorizing them is some what subjective many traditional breeds provide both and are considered dual-purpose fowl.
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