The family has several breeds of chickens, including Rhode Island Red, Australorp, Silver Grey Dorking, Barnevelder and the cheeky Isa Brown. But if you want to keep it simple, Isa Browns are good chickens to start with. They are super-productive layers (popping out up to 340 eggs per year), and are friendly and affectionate. They’ll adapt to all climates and start laying early in life, too. If you live in the suburbs, check your council requirements before you get your girls, as there may be restrictions on how many you can keep.
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