Originally Posted by crealbilly
What breed do you have? My RIR run from me. I'm going to be swapped them out for BO soon.
I'm looking at winter hardness, gentle (grand daughter loves chickens/turkeys) and broody. I want to work towards a self sustaining flock.
I have mild, but very wet winters, and I have had three batches of Orpingtons (Blues and Buffs), Australorps, Whyandottes, Barred Rocks, Speckled Sussex, Easter Eggers, and mixed breed. My orps have been amazing mothers, my Australorps have been broody but at the time we didn't have roos, and my barred rocks did well too, though they were better at laying eggs through the winter than wanting to brood them. This year we have added Welsummers, Mottled Java, Marans and a Delaware. I have done RIR and will likely never again. Also done red and black sex links, they were good layers but not so social. My speckleds in the past had not made it to adulthood, but these ones are the most friendly birds I have ever had! And I think Orpingtons are hard to beat!