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Choosing Your CHICKENS

Starting off right with the best birds for your situation will help with long-term success.
WHITE RABBIT83/SHUTTERSTOCK

All chickens aren’t created equal. It’s important to pick the ones who will meet your needs. There are countless varieties and hundreds of breeds from which to choose. With the passage of time, humans have designed chickens to fulfill every niche: cold-hardy chickens, heat-resistant chickens, chickens that don’t mind being penned up. We haven’t designed the perfect chicken — yet!

All breeds have certain failings. For those seeking to implement more natural (or even organic) husbandry practices, breed will come into a play as well.

SUE MCDONALD/SHUTTERSTOCK

Birds with the greatest egg-laying capacity are not the same as those that plump into the best meat.

Before you can settle on the kind of chickens to buy, you need to determine what purpose they’ll serve and what environment they’ll live in. Do you want them for their eggs? Sunday dinner? Feathery companionship? Will they spend most of their time inside or out? Will they have to contend with sweltering summer days or frigid winter nights?

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