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Mar 15, 2010 5:30 PM CST
Name: Lenette
Florida
You could probably start out by deciding what kind of eggs you want. Some lay brown eggs, some lay white eggs, some lay blue eggs and some lay easter eggs (blues, greens, pinks, creams etc.) There is not supposed to be any difference nutritionally between the different eggs. There probably is a difference nutritionally in the feed you feed the hens and thier eggs. Healthy hens =healthy eggs etc. Some good layers for brown eggs are Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks and other Rock types, Orpingtons especially Buff Orps. Leghorns are great white egg layers but as said, they can be flighty/shy and not real friendly. Silkies will lay very small white eggs. The easter eggers (they are americauna crosses and will be sold by the hatcheries as aracaunas or americaunas) will lay the colored eggs and are friendly hardy chickens. The true/pure americaunas and aracaunas will lay light blue eggs.
Some chickens will like to sit on thier eggs this is known as broody hens. Buff Orpingtons and Silkies are known to be very broody. Most of the production type eggs layers such as Rhode Island Reds and Leghorns do not go broody as much.

You could check out some of the hatchery sites for good descriptions and photos of the different breeds to see what catches your eye. McMurray Hatchery has some good photos and descriptions. Also you could check out the Learning Section at backyardchickens.org They have a lot of good info for people just starting out as well as some nice coop designs.

Hope this helped a little and wasn't too confusing lol
Lenette

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