Backyard FlockRaising a backyard flock can mean birds come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Families interested in eggs or meat typically choose chickens. But show birds, game birds, waterfowl and turkeys are becoming increasingly popular for people who simply enjoy watching colorful, unique birds in their backyards.

If you’re looking to get fresh eggs, consider these chicken breeds: White Leghorn hybrids, Rhode Island Reds, Andalusians or Ameraucanas.

For meat production, consider Cornish Cross chickens, which grow rapidly. For dual-purpose production, consider Plymouth Rock, Sussex, Buff Orpingtons or sex-linked hybrid chickens.

For show or pets, consider Silkie, White Crested Polish, Japanese or bantam chickens.

Be sure to thoroughly research the needs of individual poultry breeds before purchasing them. Some have very specific environmental needs and may not mix well with the average backyard flock. Be sure you have all necessary supplies before the chickens arrive at your home.

Any chicks you purchase should be from a U.S. Pullorum-Typhoid Clean hatchery to enhance livability and decrease potential disease problems. Chicks should be vaccinated against Marek’s disease soon after hatching. Good sources for purchasing chicks include your local Purina dealer or a reputable hatchery that ships straight to your home. Consult your veterinarian before purchasing chicks.

Russell Feed & Supply stores offer seasonal chicks, chicken supplies & feeds— everything you need to get your backyard flock off to a successful start.  Visit us today!

Source: Purina Poultry

Navigation

   

Share this page

 

Calendar

January 2019
S M T W T F S
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031EC
pedigree logo | pedigree pet food is available at Russell Feed & Supply
instinct pet food
Brushy Creek Pet Foods
Muenster logo
orijen logo | orijen pet food is available at russell feed & supply
Taste of the Wild logo
Canidae logo
Texas Natural Feeds Logo | Texas Natural Feeds are available at Russell Feed & Supply
Nutro Logo | Available at Russell Feed & Supply
Texas Animal Nutrition Logo | Texas Animal Nutrition Feeds are available at Russell Feed & Supply
Purina logo
Farnam logo
Diamond Pet Food Logo | Available at Russell Feed & Supply
Blue Buffalo Logo | Available at Russell Feed & Supply
absorbine logo | Absorbine products are available at Russell Feed & Supply