Originally Posted by MNChickMom
Although research on this site says buy from a breeder for docile temperment...we may end up with hatchery for first group of chicks. I am "uber" interested in the first aid kit for poultry as my only experience with chickens is with meaty birds. As far as egg color is concerned.....as long as the yolk is yellow and egg is edible works for us.
How well do Barred Plymouth Rock and Buff Orpingtons get along? These are the top 2 choices from the kids for 4H? Any recommendations on docile rooster?
I started out not knowing what breeds to get. I have only ordered chickens from Murray Mcmurray hatchery so I can only speak for them. The first time I ordered the brown egg laying combo where mcmurray picks out the breeds but gives 5 different ones in a group of 15. I really liked it!!
Last spring, I wanted to 'try' out breeds to see what I thought of them. We ordered darn near every breed they had I think!!! We also have gotten many different roosters when ordering straight run breeds and freebies they toss in and of course some we wanted to try. Some breeds were good some not at all. Any rooster that goes after the kids is culled here at my house. I don't tolerate it. Like Ralphie said environment probably has a lot to do with their demeanor but some of them are just plain mean. So far the nicest roos I have had are Partridge Rock, Langshan and Blue Cochin. The best look out for the hens were Lakenvelder (freebie) and New Hampshire.
Everyone will have their own opinion on things, this is just mine. :)
The best layers I have had are Black Star, Austrolorp, and the Rhode Island Reds. I have other breeds that compare in laying but over all these lay most of the time. I have White Rocks give nice dark eggs. Beautiful! I am a sucker for egg color in the carton so I have Easter Eggers too. My DDs have Polish so there is some white in there too!!
I do not know anything about showing or the requirements so I can't say anything about that. Sorry. As far as getting along, if they are raised up as chicks together the birds get along great. Anytime you add different age groups together there is some scuffling but they eventually sort things out.
Sorry this got long!!! Hope I answered any questions. :)