Originally Posted by Jenna14Chicken
Hey guys on Saturday we are getting some new chicks and at our local rural king they have buff orphingtons, isa browns,columbian rock and a few other breeds that were straight run which we don't want roosters so we are not even going to mess with that bin. Does anyone no anything about these breeds? If so I would really like to no the following:
How many eggs do they lay each year?
Are they calm or flighty?
What color of eggs do they lay?
Do they like other chickens or do they tend to fight?
Are they rare or common?
And anything else you think that is cool about them or that I need to no. If you would I would love to see some pics of the breeds their eggs etc.
thanks for any help
All breeds mentioned are brown layers and should get along well if provided ample room and are raised together.
The Orpingtons are probably the weakest layers from the bunch you mentioned, averaging about 3 to 5 eggs a week. They are very docile, but tend to go broody, cutting into their average production numbers. They will be consistent layers for years though. The ISA Browns are the best layers from what you mentioned, but they tend to be prone to egg production health issues such as egg binding and internal laying. They will lay just about every day, when at peak production, for the first two years or so. Then production will dramatically decline from then, on.
Rocks of any variety make great additions to any flock. They are a great breed, all around. Good layers, fun personality, inquisitive, good foragers.
You won't find truly rare breeds at most feed stores. They usually source from hatcheries that turn out thousands of chicks each week.