Usually I pick my flock of chickens based on color. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, that sort of thing. For some reason, this time I wanted white. Sounds boring I know, but I thought some lovely white chickens bobbing around against the background of a green pasture would be pretty. They may be a bit camouflaged in the snow, though! :-)
The second reason I changed how I picked chickens this time around (these were hatched in April from Murray McMurray) was because I did not want mixed-breed babies. The books all say that once the offspring become mixed they lose their high egg-laying production abilities–this I found was indeed true in the past. So with only one breed in my flock, all future babies will be pure.
As usual I love brown-egg layers AND large birds. So I chose White Orpingtons. The hens have the most attractive large, fluffy back ends that waddle pleasantly as they walk!
These are my birds below. We have one rooster and 6 hens (unfortunately we lost one today when it unsuccessfully crossed the road). They remain unnamed, because honestly, I can’t tell the hens apart! Suggestions will be accepted!