The typical problems associated with raising Buckeye chickens include broodiness and noisiness. They can also be picked up by other more aggressive chickens in your flock. While these are not normally deal breakers, it is something you should consider beforehand.
Dark Cornish chickens don’t have any specialized dietary needs and will do well if provided a high quality commercial chicken feed. Dark Cornish chickens will also supplement their diet with various grains, seeds, and insects they find while scratching and foraging.
Kosher King chickens don’t require a specialized diet and can actually consume less commercial feed than other breeds, thanks to their natural tendency to aggressively forage. They will need a high quality commercial feed that matches their life stage.
Turkens are hardy chickens that don’t deal with many health problems. This breed even thrives in hot climates. However, they cannot handle cold temperatures very well. The only real health problems to be concerned with are the same ones that can impact any chicken breed.
Big Red Broilers should be fed a high quality commercial chicken feed. Because this breed is such an excellent forage, you should allow them room to grace, which also means they will supplement their diet with nutritious grains, grubs, insects, and seeds they find.
While health issues are the biggest problems the Cornish Cross chicken breed faces, they are also known to eat non-stop. This non-stop gracing can quickly take a bite out of your budget. Additionally, this breed is rather slow moving and clumsy, which makes them an easy target for predators.
Chantecler chickens should be fed a growers’ mash for the first 6 weeks of their lives and then transitioned to a standard pellet feed. When they are about 18 weeks old, change their feed to a grower or layer feed, depending on why you are raising them.
White-Face Black Spanish chickens do not require a specialized diet that is different than other breeds. This is a good thing, since you can add this breed to your flock and feed them all the same food. Just remember that the feed you give them is of high quality and matches their stage of life.
Bovan chickens do well with the same type of high-quality commercial feed that you would give to other breeds. They should also be allowed to scratch and forage, if possible, for insects, grubs, and seeds. Give your birds fresh fruits and vegetables regularly to supplement their diet.
The best food for Orpington chickens will vary depending on their age and the reason why you are raising them. For example, if you are raising the birds for eggs, you will feed them a layer feed, while broiler feed will be used if you are raising them for their meat.