We are going to be ordering 20 chicks from Cackle Hatchery soon, and we are trying to decide which breeds to go with. I've changed my mind so many times that my husband has now given me a deadline. I have until 12 noon tomorrow to decide....LOL.
We will not be keeping all of them but only our favorites and plan to sell some later on. We have small children so they would need to be friendly breeds, as well as cold hardy.
Would these breeds get along well together? Are there any others I should consider? The only ones we are definitely set on are some EE's and Golden Comets. We've also considered Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons and Silver Laced Wyandottes but I'm worried that having too many larger sized chickens might result in the smaller ones being bullied, primarily the Salmon Faverolles. We would like to stay at 20 chicks. Cackle has a minimum order of 3 per breed, otherwise we would order just 1 or 2 of each breed.
So far we have:
4 Female Salmon Faverolles (will keep 2)
1 Male Salmon Faverolles (will keep)
8 Female Easter Eggers (will keep 4 or 5)
3 Female Golden Laced Wyandottes (will keep 1)
4 Female Golden Comets (will keep 1 or 2)
We free range our chickens and our dogs watch over them during the day. To date we have not had any losses, but there are predators around. Right now we only have 3 hens, so we obviously need to expand our flock. We have two roosters that are much too rough on our hens, so we have separated them and are trying to rehome them. However, we do need a rooster and I have read that Salmon Faverolle Roosters are friendly and good to their hens.
Would appreciate any guidance and input to help with our decision. Thanks in advance!
Edited by TheYoungV - 1/31/16 at 10:20pm