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The question of how manyThe question of how many chickens to buy depends on how many eggs you want (assuming you're raising chickens for eggs). You'll get, on average, 2 eggs a day from 3 hens. So, if you want a dozen eggs a day, buy 18 hens. In terms of the breed, Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, Australorps and Orpingtons are all great egg layers. See the next article that we reference above on choosing your breed: http://www.almanac.com/blog/raising-chickens/raising-chickens-101-choosing-breed