Things to Consider When Selecting a Chicken Breed

Choosing the right breed of chicken for your farm is a process that may take more than simply going with one you like. You’ll need to know a few things before making the ultimate choice and picking a bird that you’ll need to care for and raise for as long as it’s with you. Here are some of the specifics you’ll need to consider.

Purpose of Your Chicken: There’s no “perfect” breed of chicken out there, but there are certainly better choices for your specific situation. You have three specific uses for farm fowl: egg laying, meat producing, and decoration (which could be as pets or as show poultry). Raising egg layers will be a different experience than raising meat producers, so knowing what sort of overall precautions and aspects to be aware of will help in your choice.

Space Requirement: Depending on the space you have to work with on your farm, this may not be an issue, but if you have a limited area to work with, you’ll need to make sure the chicken breed you’re going with is capable of living in the space you have available. Some birds need larger runs to stretch their legs and to forage, while others don’t mind being in a tighter space.

Fencing Needs: Also, some chickens are capable of short flights, even to the point of hopping fences with little problems. This means that you might need to build a higher fence or completely enclose your run so as not to allow any poultry to escape. Then again, you might look into a breed that is perfectly fine roaming around unfenced.

Climate Temperance: Not all chickens do great in all weather conditions. A large number can do just fine in most places of the world, but some breeds thrive in hot weather and some show their strength in the winter seasons. It’s important to keep your local climate in mind when looking for a chicken that will adapt well to your farm.

Aggression Levels: Not yours but the predisposed aggression levels of your flock. Some breeds are more likely to start fights for dominance (particularly males) while others are perfectly content with any and everyone. It’s crucial to research this aspect as it can lead to unnecessary problems that can easily be controlled. If you have less space, naturally, don’t go with breeds that lash out when confined.