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Hi, I'm interested in having a small sustainable farm and having chickens is at the top of my list. I would like a chicken that needs little-to-no management and can graze in the pasture.

I would like eggs and some meat too. Perhaps I'll need to have two different breeds to accomplish that but if one breed could be a happy balance between the two that would be good. I would like something hardy that can stand the Texas weather and is not susceptible to disease etc. I'm willing to trade off on egg and meat production for a bird that can meet those more important criteria. I'm totally new to this so I really am starting at ground zero. What suggestions do you guys have for me?
 

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You need to look into duel purpose chicken breeds ... meat and eggs from the same bird.
 

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Pickin Chicken app is great. You put in what you want as far as egg size, color and they tell you the best breeds to accomplish that. I use it all the time, just to learn more about chicken breeds.
 

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Pickin Chicken app is great. You put in what you want as far as egg size, color and they tell you the best breeds to accomplish that. I use it all the time, just to learn more about chicken breeds.
Oh My gosh ... I thought this was a joke!

To be honest ... (while many things come to mind) ... I don't know what to say ... :eek:
 

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I Personally believe first time owners should start with something like production reds or dominiquers and as well as a hardy bird buy a few game fowl and breed them into your stock. The babies will produce your larger brown eggs but have the immune system traits of gamefowl
 

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I looked for the Pickin Chicken app & can't find it. Do I have the name right? Who's the creator? TIA. :)
 

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Thanks for the info guys. I'll check out the apple app and check back in if I have anymore questions, and I'm sure I will :)
 

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I got the pickin chicken app and was looking at the description of the Rhode Island Red chickens. It says they are not inclined to seek out naturally occurring food sources. Can anyone confirm for me whether or not that's true?
 

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I think they mean that RIR will be happy in a coop and won't fly out to get to "greener pastures.". But given the opportunity I think all chickens will free range. That's what they are designed to do.
 

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Since I am new at this, I wanted to start out with one breed, Bantams, because that is what my rooster is. I figure I should learn as much as I can about this breed first. Then look into other breeds. Kinda falling in love with the frizzles and silkies. But I do want good egg layers who can withstand cold winters. What breed would you mix with them?
 

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You can mix anything with anything. That's whats cool about chickens. Even if you breed a rhode island red to a barred rock and they have 5 babies. Each one of those babies will look different. I eventually want to have all gamebirds. But I like my laying breeds.
 

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Buckeyes are an excellent dual purpose (meat & eggs) large fowl....require very little "management" in either free range or coop conditions! I highly recommend them and have raised a lot of different chicken breeds over the years. Welcome to the forum, too BTW!!!
 
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