I'm new here, new to gardening and raising chickens. We're moving into our house 5/27, and I'm picking up my peeps on 5/28!
Our city allows three hens without a permit, and I think that will give us enough eggs. I'm looking for chickens that are less skittish and pet like. Any suggestions? I'm leaning towards Orpingtons and Wyandottes. Thinking about throwing in a Polish if I can find one, just for fun. Thinking we'll tractor them until we can get some fencing up.
I've had Rhode Island Reds, a Blue Orpington, a Burma, an Aracauna that had a great personality but turned out to be a rooster, some Australorps, and several Leghorns. The Leghorns are very tame and pretty much can be led into their house if they get out. Leghorns have white eggs, but the flavor is the same. The Blue Orpington ws very tame and calm, and laid nice brown eggs, but now and then decided it was time to hatch eggs, would stop laying and sit on all of the eggs for several weeks. The Burma was pretty calm but didn't lay eggs as often. The Reds were usually very aggressive, bullied other chickens and one was a serial killer. They laid good eggs every day. The Australorps were very timid and ran aay from everything. at one point I had two australorps (black hens), 2 leghorns (white hens) and 2 reds. They hung out together, avoiding the chickens that were not their own color. My partner says chickens are racist.
Good luck with your hens! They are great for recycling kitchen scraps and weeds, and home eggs are much much better than store bought.