I really don't care much if they are super efficient producers of eggs in the summer - I have plenty of eggs then - only that they lay without supplemental light/heat through all/most of the the winter. In fact I would almost prefer a chicken who isn't a crazy great egg layer, just one that spreads those eggs out throughout the year. In addition the breed has to be the absolute most personable/sweet out there in order for me to keep her. - since any i keep will be with me til they die. I am thinking of ordering a variety of breeds for winter production from Meyer or Ideal and keeping my favorites. I would love for some people to weigh in on the breeds I am considering!
Cornish (original breed, not the meat kind)
Any thoughts on these breeds? Any I should rule out?
I know Wyandotte, Orpington, and RIR are also good, but I have had bad experiences with those breeds from hatcheries, either with egg health reproductive issues as they got older (RIR) or sub par temperaments (Wyandotte, BO). For the same reason I'm not interested in sex links. (However if you have anything to say about those breeds I would still hear opinions!)
Edited by QuoVadis - 10/28/15 at 9:24am