Friday, 11 April 2014

Choosing a Chicken Breed to Raise

There are various types of chickens to raise. Picking a breed will depend on the kind of chicken that you'd like to raise. There are chickens that seem healthy but their egg-laying capacity is frail while other chickens give out lots of eggs everyday. Before finally choosing the right chicken to raise, it's important to consider a lot of factors. 

Different angles should be considered such as the place where your chickens will live. Do you have a big backyard? Is it wide enough to let your chosen amount of chickens to roam? You'll have to think about this aspect mainly because chickens differ in breeds – some are small and others are large. Also, another factor is the environment you are residing. In case you’re living along the equator, it is expected that the temperature within that place be, most of the time, scorching hot. 

But if you’re living somewhere up above or down below, it becomes colder. At this point, which of this two are you? There are actually cross breeds that can resist whatever the weather that may come. Production Reds is among the list of typical examples. They can be tamed and are resistant to cold temperature. That is why, whenever you live in a place where it’s constantly cold, this kind of breed is the right one for you. Bantams can be quite a little bit hardheaded. They love to fly around, a good reason why pens can be worthless. These types of breeds are tough but pretty for their fluffiness is matchless. They are bad in laying eggs but if they do, their product is quite small and is not recommended for selling. 

The Pekins and Silkies are 2 of the best options when it comes to laying eggs. They come in different colors and types. If you try to crossbreed a silkie with a cochin bantam, you'll have an amazing breed as the result is a type which never bit, hurt or clawed anyone as confirmed by top breeders. Be careful with purebred chicken meat as they are quite fragile, they tend to choke their own food, and are prone to having heart attacks without any probable cause. 

If you are searching for a cheap egg-laying chicken, you can settle with a leghorn. Although you have to eventually clip their wings as they are flighty. Additionally, they are a bit scrawny so watch out! Some breeders dare not choose a leghorn because they are ugly and are high strung. 

Looking for a chicken that’s sweet? Try cross breeding Cochin bantams. Breeds that came from a Cochin bantam’s bloodline are amazing due to certain qualities like sweetness, manners, and you have a very wonderful breed that can easily be noticed in exhibitions. 

Barred Plymouth Rocks are also one of the top breeds. It’s like the best deal ever, all in one package. Why? Well, during summer season, they lay just about every day. They also have a healthy and good weight, are unbelievably pretty, and are not vicious. 

Americaunas come with an impeccable beauty that's more radiant because of their feathers. They have a color resembling a falcon’s – dark, golden feathers. Their beaks are nearly similar with a falcon’s mainly because several breeds have pretty curved beaks. They are indeed beautiful breeds and can withstand the coldness of the night or during wintertime but if you like squeezing eggs out of these breeds, what luck! Sad to say, they don’t lay really well. Breeds that are uncommon need more attention from the breeders so their breeds can survive. 

Choose the right chicken that you will raise.

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