Help me pick what kind of chickens to raise!
February 5, 2010 10:48 AM Subscribe
What is a rare breed of chicken that is a) a good all-purpose chicken, b) relatively docile, and c) would do well in a hot and humid climate?
posted by kataclysm to pets & animals (15 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
If my life goes as I am hoping it will, I am going to move fairly soon from the cold northeastern US, where I have lived all my life, to the hot and humid southeastern US. I hope to be able to have a small flock of chickens when I move, mostly for egg production (although I am not squeamish in the least about killing things, and I could see myself raising chickens that I intended to eat -- obviously, this will partially depend on where I end up moving to, since a few laying hens is a different proposition from a bunch of laying hens/brood hens and at least one rooster).
I'd rather have a rare-breed/heirloom-breed/whatever you want to call it, mostly because I am concerned about the genetic diversity of the American livestock population, so I want to do my part to make sure that some of the more unusual breeds are protected. Now that I'm starting to do some research, a problem that I'm finding is that most of the websites I've found tell people which breeds tolerate cold climates well, but they don't really mention which breeds do well in the heat. I don't want to get the polar bear of chickens and then have them all die in midsummer or something.
I would also like a chicken that is relatively friendly, and that is a good layer but who also can be eaten if I want to go that direction. (Bonus points if it can not only be eaten, but is a decent mother.)
Other pluses (but definitely things I can live without): Prettiness (I especially like lacing, bars, or speckles on chickens), brown eggs, lack of overexuberant plumage like dragging tails and fuzzy feet (which will only get covered in mud and poop and then will be gross).
Help me find some chickens, please!