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Next year we are going to get a few chickens.  My kids will be 1 and 5 and I want them to be able to enjoy the chickens too.  What is the best kind to get that will get along with my kids and also produce a decent amount of eggs.  I live in northern NY so they need to be able to handle cold winters.  Thanks.


Edited by Jambruins - 7/13/09 at 12:01pm
post #2 of 67

ide say probly a barred rocks or black australorps or buff orpingtons


Edited by chickenbottom - 7/13/09 at 12:05pm
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post #3 of 67

I know the eggs are small and probably not a whole lot of them, but my bantam cochins are so sweet! I plan on getting more int he future for my kids to show at the local shows!

This is my neighbor who comes up just to play with the bantams!

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My little barred cochin bantam

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Edited by Bec - 7/13/09 at 12:10pm
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post #4 of 67

Buff Orps lay pretty well, and are very friendly.

post #5 of 67

I have buff orps too, they are very nice!

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post #6 of 67

All of my chickens are pretty friendly, but the most friendly ones are my Speckled Sussex.  They are constantly underfoot.

I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
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I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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post #7 of 67

My vote is for Buff Orpington if you want one breed big_smile  They are so big and fluffy and pretty.  One of my BO's is super nice and friendly, and the other one doesn't really want to be bothered.

We have several different breeds, and my kids and I really enjoy having a variety of birds and eggs that are different colors and sizes.

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Stay at Home Mom with: 1 Husband, 1 Daughter, 1 Son, 2 Chihuahuas, 2 Cats, 2 Rats, Lots of Fish.
Chicken Breeds: Buff Orp, EE, Assorted Sex-Links, Danish Brown Leghorn, Rhode Island Red, Brahma, Jungle Fowl, Speckled Sussex, Gold Laced Wyandotte, Cochin, Silkie and Sizzle
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Stay at Home Mom with: 1 Husband, 1 Daughter, 1 Son, 2 Chihuahuas, 2 Cats, 2 Rats, Lots of Fish.
Chicken Breeds: Buff Orp, EE, Assorted Sex-Links, Danish Brown Leghorn, Rhode Island Red, Brahma, Jungle Fowl, Speckled Sussex, Gold Laced Wyandotte, Cochin, Silkie and Sizzle
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post #8 of 67

Seramas are soooooooooo calm and so sweet

"People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately."

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"People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately."

Oscar Wilde
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post #9 of 67
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Originally Posted by Katy 

All of my chickens are pretty friendly, but the most friendly ones are my Speckled Sussex.  They are constantly underfoot.


That's funny, because my Sussex aren't friendly at all! They're not mean, just not friendly. The Tophats are fun to look at, but they're flighty. Bantams are friendly, sociable birds, but may be too fragile for younger children. I vote for cochins. "Buffy," our buff cochin, will follows us around and talks. If you say something to her, she responds with a series of soft clucks. You'd swear she knows what you're saying! She's pretty cool with being held too, tolerates the heat, and lays great eggs.

Kathy, Bellville TX
www.CountryChickens.com

post #10 of 67

My kids are 5,4,2,1 and we just got chickens.  I'm finding that the production breeds are quite high strung but our Welsummer and our Australorp are the clear winners for kid friendly personalities and easy going birds. 

I don't have any experience with BOs though.  Good luck..  We have made sure to handle the chicks extensively so make sure they're good with people.  They come when called and you can just reach down and get them with no flapping which is easy for kids.
Good Luck! 

It's been a GREAT experience for our family.  My kids are in heaven.

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