My husband and I are looking to add about 10 more birds to our flock. We have 11 hens and about 4 roosters currently. Several of our roosters are going to have to be rehomed to the freezer soon I am afraid. I am just having a hard time picking favorites. The main issue is my husband only wants standard sized egg laying machines. I, on the other hand, love bantams, want unique looking plumage, colorful eggs, and adorable bantams. He has agreed that I can pick out the breeds as long as they aren't bantams and are good layers. What a party pooper.
So, that being said does anyone have any suggestions.
We currently have these hens:
Black and Cuckoo Marans
One White Ameraucana
One Buff Brahman
A few Black Austrolorps
One Buff Orpington
And last but not least "Blue Butt" our green egg laying Ameraucana Cross
Breeds I am considering in bold
I think I definitely want 2 or 3 more Ameraucanas. I love getting the blue eggs and they lay well. I can also hatch eggs out of them and get Olive eggers so that is a plus.
Welsummers- because you can't have too many chocolate eggs
Speckled Sussex- Good egg layers + beautiful birds
Salmon Favorelles- Same as above
Crème Legbars- I REALLY love these but they are so uncommon here and expensive
Any other suggestions for unique birds that are good egg layers?
Other factor that will have to be considered is, we will be buying all of our birds locally so most of the things that I am looking for won't be available. Since we aren't selling chicks, my husband won't agree to pay more than 5 dollars for a chick, so some of the fancier ones are automatically out of his price range.