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We had Rhode Island Reds when I was growing up, great eggs but the birds seemed a little on the mean side LOL. We are going to build a coop and start again with help from this wonderful site. We are in Southern Ohio, any suggestions as to breed we should look for, we are mostly interested in the eggs which is why I am still leaning towards the RIR as the eggs were very large, any help is appreciated, thank you.

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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. A number of members, including myself, have had some aggressive RIRs. In fairness however, the problem seems to exist primarily with hatchery quality RIRs and not with heritage RIRs from a reputable breeder. Also, keep in mind that there can always be exceptions with any breeds including those that have a well deserved reputation for being calm and gentle. If high egg production combined with good temperament is your priority, I would suggest Black Sex Links (Black Stars) rather than RIRs. Not only are they egg laying machines that will outlay the RIRs, but my Black Sex Links have always been very friendly birds (again there can always be an exception). I raised BSLs for years (along with dozens of other breeds and hybrids) and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out more than 300 large brown eggs per hen per year with double yolks not being uncommon. I've been especially impressed with their persistence in laying in really cold winter weather. If you prefer the color of the "red" breeds, you might want to go with Red Sex Links (Red Stars). My RSLs have not been quite as friendly as my BSLs, but like the BSLs, they are also egg laying machines. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Whatever breed or hybrid you decide to get, good luck with your flock.

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

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Welcome to the BYC flock!  We are glad you joined us!

 

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Sassafras Grove Farm

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Black Double Laced, Blue Double Laced and Splash Barnevelders

Silver Double Laced Bantam Barnevelders

Silver, Charcoal, and Birchen Iowa Blues

Swedish Flower Hens

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We had Rhode Island Reds when I was growing up, great eggs but the birds seemed a little on the mean side LOL. We are going to build a coop and start again with help from this wonderful site. We are in Southern Ohio, any suggestions as to breed we should look for, we are mostly interested in the eggs which is why I am still leaning towards the RIR as the eggs were very large, any help is appreciated, thank you.

 

Welcome To BYC

There are many great egg laying breeds and I've been on the lucky side I guess to have friendly RIR. My favorite breed that I recommend a lot is the Black Australorp. That's because the Black Australorp is another egg laying machine and can be used for meat. Black Australorps with the right nutrition will mature early. They are very calm nice birds. I just love Black Australorps and I've raised a variety of chicken breeds and I still believe Black Australorp is the best.


Edited by Birdrain92 - 11/10/15 at 8:36pm
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:welcome

 

I think my flock illustrates what Michael means when he says there are always exceptions to breed traits, lol. I've had 2 RIR, one is a sweetie and the other wasn't mean but was very standoffish. I currently have 3 RSL girls, 2 of them love to peck my legs and the other 1 is my lap pet. I've had BA in the past but they were the least friendly to people and 1 was a terrible bully to the other birds. For every breed I've had, I've had exceptions to the breed traits and I would guess this is true for a lot of people.

 

While maybe not as productive egg layers as the sex link girls, the Barred Plymouth Rocks and Speckled Sussex I've had have all been terrific girls (and they do lay well, just not as frequently as the RSL or as large of egg).

 

You might want to ask over on your state thread for recommendations:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread

 

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Check out all 11 new mini contests!

BYC Mini Contests - Win a 2017 Calendar!!

Deadlines for all is Dec. 11, 2016

You can't win if you don't play!

 

8th Annual BYC New Year Day Hatch-Along - Hosted by Ronott1

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Thank you all for the welcome and the recommendations on bird types, we are excited to get back into the flock!

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Thank you all for the welcome and the recommendations on bird types, we are excited to get back into the flock!


You're welcome.

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Welcome to Backyard chickens -   you might want to try 2 or 3 of the recommended breeds.  That way you have a better chance of finding just the right breed for you.

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