Originally Posted by Devona
Thanks for the info, I did read that the meat chickens don't live long and have trouble getting around. I need to get my son mentally prepared for that. I have decided, since getting this chicken, that I would like to have more. Dual purpose birds, maybe a few just for eggs. Does anyone have any suggestions about breeds? I read that Rhode Island reds and brahmas are good dual purpose birds. Do they get along well with each other? Will they fly? Do they need a lot of room??
In my experience? Delawares are good layers but not meaty enough and a work in progress.
Barred Rocks are the usually Dual purpose breed. Since they've been worked on. I had some nice one but they didn't lay well nor were the eggs large.
RIR's are good but I'm not sure how meaty they are.
EE's can be large and for me mine are good egg layers though generally medium in size. Ameraucana crossed to a large Marans are good. Mine lay a larger olive egg.
Marans lay well and some are large so I'd say more dual purpose.
Brahmas are large but I've heard not good layers. Nice cold and dry area birds.
My C.Rocks are large though the daughters have not been as big as the mothers. I'm not sure why it might be due to when I hatched them.
Roosters of most breeds are the larger if you're going to eat them. If you don't intend to eat your birds, I wouldn't be to concerned about dual purpose quality.
I think all breeds will be friendly if you handle them enough from the start, so start with chicks.
My Dominiques were nice but loud biddies. In the coop early and squawking for the others to come in. Mean broody hens too.
If you don't intend to hatch I'd try to find a line that is less likely to go broody or have a set up to break them right away or you'll waste time feeding a hen that isn't laying any eggs.