Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Help Hunting Hens

Thanks to everyone who gave me hen advice. I think I've finally settled on four new birds: A Columbine (hybrid), a Light Sussex, a Welsummer, and a Wyandotte. It was really hard to decide which birds would fit in well with our current lot, and which are happy enough to live in a large run.

Being in Scotland, I'm a little limited in that there doesn't seem to be a large number of breeds available, and to get to them, one has to travel quite a distance. So I began looking at what was available close by and worked backward from there. While searching for information on the various breeds, I found this handy reference. It gives a good overall picture of each breed and tells you about its general personality. If you're undecided about which hens to choose, please do have a look. It helped me a lot.

7 comments:

The Secret Garden said...

welcome to your new chicks!
i hope they'll fit in soon ;)

homemade lye soap said...

They will fit in really very soon. I am sure ;)

gracefruit said...

Hopefully two will be here next week. I can feel myself slowly turning into the Crazy Chicken Lady.

Teresa R said...

I'm sorry I missed that whole hen-selecting discussion! I'm sure you've made the best choices.

We usually go for the dual-purpose breeds, preferably gentle ones too.

Can't wait to see photos!

gracefruit said...

Teresa, we've picked some pretty girls! My daughter and I collected two today and will go back for two more in about three weeks. Yay!

Heidi said...

Great hen info. I'm still toying with the idea of buying some and leaving them at a friends house. Fresh eggs are simply wonderful!

gracefruit said...

Heidi, if your friend is okay with it, why not? Everyone should have hens.