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What Breeds Would Suit Me Best?

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I live in a rural area in Western Pennsylvania (in the USA), where it can drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit in winter, and over 100 degrees in the summer. I'm looking for good egg layers, but if there were some chickens in the flock that didn't lay as many eggs, that would be fine, too. I'm looking for variety, and if you could post pictures of the breed, that would be great!

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Barr Rock are great layers. I have similar weather and they manage just fine. They lay med brown eggs.
For variety I also have a couple easter eggers, they lay green eggs. They are more timid them my Barr rock, and noisier. But beautiful eggs.
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Barred rock would be ideal, there pretty darn fabulous. There hardy and sweet. Buff orps are sweet and hardy, there dual purpose for meat and eggs. Ive got 7 different kinds of chickens and a couple ducks, and i live in maine so i know what its like to have awkward and spontaineous weather. Have you considered ducks? There eggs are better for baking and there incredibly sweet
Edited by uglygoldfish - 3/27/16 at 12:40am
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Am in NE Ohio probably similar weather pattern with your area. I agree w/ most, Plymouth Barred rocks are awesome, mine are winter hardy, friendly (like to be pick up and petted) and consistent layers. Rhode Island Reds are very friendly jumps on my lap or shoulders when I get in the run lays large brown eggs. Black Copper Marans are great friendly winter hardy chocolate brown egg layers but takes breaks on laying. Australorps are both winter/summer hardy good layers.

I got Silver laced Wyandottes that are great layers but peckers.
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Basic starter: Personally designed & built Shed/Coupe/Run: 3 Leghorns, 2 Plymouth Barred Rocks, 5 Silver Laced Wyandottes

NEW ADDITION: 4/21/15
Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Barred Rock
Black Copper Marans & Blue Marans
12x24x7 additional run


NEW BABIES: 2/17/16
New Hampshires, Black Australorps, Amerecaunas,
Easter Eggers & Black Sex Links

NEWER YET: 3/16/16
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Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Basic starter: Personally designed & built Shed/Coupe/Run: 3 Leghorns, 2 Plymouth Barred Rocks, 5 Silver Laced Wyandottes

NEW ADDITION: 4/21/15
Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Barred Rock
Black Copper Marans & Blue Marans
12x24x7 additional run


NEW BABIES: 2/17/16
New Hampshires, Black Australorps, Amerecaunas,
Easter Eggers & Black Sex Links

NEWER YET: 3/16/16
Spe...
Reply
post #5 of 8
Pretty much any of the dual purpose breeds would be fine providing you have a well ventilated coop to prevent frostbite.
post #6 of 8
I have to agree with everyone else, barred rocks would be the best choice, they are really hardy birds, and are great egg producers! Here's a picture of what they look like.

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You don't throw a whole life away just because their beaten up a little~

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This is about life being ahead of you and you run at it... because you never know how far you can go, unless you run~
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Originally Posted by blucoondawg View Post

Pretty much any of the dual purpose breeds would be fine providing you have a well ventilated coop to prevent frostbite.

Ditto Dat^^^

 

 

I'd get a mix of breeds, at least 2-3 of each, that way you can observe several to decide which you like best.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #8 of 8
I forgot to mention there is some other breeds too, like the Naked neck, they are hardy in booth winter and summer. Even though they have no feathers on their necks they do very well in both climates. There's also Favorelles and Easter eggers. If you take the breed test on my pet chicken, they'll have tons of breeds pop up that will be right for you. Hope this helps. smile.png
You don't throw a whole life away just because their beaten up a little~

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This is about life being ahead of you and you run at it... because you never know how far you can go, unless you run~
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You don't throw a whole life away just because their beaten up a little~

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This is about life being ahead of you and you run at it... because you never know how far you can go, unless you run~
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