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Hi All,
At the moment we have 2 lovely silkie hens and are looking at adding to our little brood. We aren't too fussed about good egg layers. But would like friendly, docile breed.
I'd love some breed recommendations. Thanks in advance
post #2 of 5

I'm reluctant to recommend any one breed because there are so many good ones.

I refer you to two excellent breed selection charts that give characteristics of most breeds available in the US - if that's where you are. The first page has a link at the top of the page for their true bantam page.

 

http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html

 

http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/chickenbreedcomparison.pdf

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #3 of 5

Personally, I like Orpingtons but any breed can be gentled by early handling. It is normal to establish pecking order sometimes on a daily basis and can be seen as aggression. Only a problem when it gets bloody. Birds can get aggressive when they feel threatened.

post #4 of 5

Breeds other than Silkies that have a well deserved reputation for being calm and gentle (good lap pets) include Australorps, Faverolles, Orpingtons, Cochins, Sussex, and Brahmas. Keep in mind though that there can always be an exception with any breed. If egg production is a priority, Australorps are the best layers on this list. Whatever breed you decide to get, good luck with your flock.


Edited by Michael OShay - 12/22/15 at 8:27pm
post #5 of 5
My silkies get along the best with the bantam Cochins. They're about the same size too, so Batman can have some extra hens since he's too small to get the job done with the bigger girls lol. wink.png

My bantam Cochin hen was the best broody so far, too, and super friendly, as well as her chicks, by far the favorite chicken smile.png
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