What is the BEST all round Chicken Breed for Eggs and Meat?

by Joseph
(Inman sc. US)

Hi Fab Farmers!

I was wanting to know for a beginner what breed is the best to start with. I just like to have good brown eggs and the best fresh meat and still be able to have them to bring me more chicks so they can grow up and do it all over again. I will be having them in the back yard. I live in sc. I don't know how to get started as I've never done it before. But I'm going to try it out and hope it all works out

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May 31, 2011
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permaculture-and-sustainable?
by: Robert

We are on a site with "permaculture-and-sustainable" in the title. Therefore I assume that most of us are looking for animals that are self duplicating and do not require constant replacement from a hatchery. Hybrid animals or plants will not breed true. Some of the best layers or meat producers require grandparents of 4 breeds (4 way cross). If you want a flock that is sustainable and proven layers and meat birds pick one of the heritage breeds. I prefer combination breeds like Buff Orpington and Salmon Faverolles. Both are good foragers and great mothers.
Robert Bradford
SW MO, USA

May 30, 2011
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New to Chickens
by: Anonymous

I must admit that I love chickens on my farm. Over the years we have had quite a few different breeds. I just keep coming back to the Buff Orpington. Why you might ask. They are large beautiful birds, but that isn't all. They are so gentle. They forage really well and the eggs are large, brown, and prolific. They are forgiving to those who don't know much and just go about the business of eating weed seeds, bugs, and laying eggs. They are so friendly you can often pick them up and pet them. At least take the time to learn more about them before you decide on which chicken you want.

May 23, 2011
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Mix it up
by: Anonymous

The red stars from McMurry would probably be the best in my opinion. Or McMurry has a cool deal where you can get 10 meat chicks and 15 layers!! then you get the best of both worlds. And the meat chicks are ready in 8 weeks!! I have some up around 5 lbs. And they are great! If you are looking for a setting hen the silkies are amazing. They love to sit on at least a dozen eggs at a time and are wonderful mothers from everything I have seen. Let us know how things turn out. :)

May 04, 2011
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Brown Eggs
by: Anonymous

Why do you want brown eggs? There is no nutritional difference based on the color of an egg.

Apr 01, 2011
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Best Chicken
by: Jeff

Better try Rhode Island Red! You can get more information if you do search engine for Mcmurray Chickens. God Bless You.

Mar 30, 2011
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chickens
by: Marvin

For meat and brown eggs, you might like Rhode Island Red, New Hampshire Red, Plymouth Rock (White Rock or Barred Rock).

There are many others, but any of these will work out fine for you. And, they are readily available.

Since you are new at chickens, email me privately and I can offer some more tips.

shelleym@pgtc.com

Marvin - NW Arkinsaw

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