The very first choice of livestock for the family is usually a small , or not so small , flock of Chickens .
And for good reason , Chickens are very productive , and a good learning tool on the needs of the livestock keeper .
They are not costly to get started with and they are very fun to have around .
Before purchasing Chickens however , a good deal of research beforehand is prudent .
Learning the attributes , of the various breeds available , and choosing which breed is right for your family is of prime importance .
There are a number of good books available to help you in your education about the fowl in question .
A good one to start with for Chickens is ; Storey's Guide to RAISING CHICKENS by Gail Damerow
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Or Living with Chickens by Jay Rossier available here ; Acres U.S.A. -- The magazine of organic/sustainable farming
Of course the Homesteaders Bible is without question The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery available here ; Amazon.com: The Encyclopedia of Country Living (9781570615535): Carla Emery: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51EMVWexTdL.@@AMEPARAM@@51EMVWexTdL
In this encyclopedic volume by the late great Carla Emery you will find more useful information under one cover than anywhere else .
Now to understand just the basics of Chicken breeds , chickens essentially come from different classifications as to their type .
You have the American , the English , the Continental , the Asiatics , the Mediterranean , game and others .
For the puposes of a family backyard or Barnyard Flock , we are basically dealing with Chickens of the American , English or Asiatic types .
Examples of these are ; Plymouth Rocks , Rhode Island Reds , Wyandottes , Jersey Giants , Dominiques , Buckeyes and Delawares in the American class .
Orpingtons , Sussex , Dorking and Cornish in the English class .
Brahma , Cochins and Langshans in the Asiatic class .
Silver Laced Wyandottes
Golden Laced Wyandottes
to be continued.....