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post #1 of 36
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I know this has been asked alot but i could never find a solid answer.
What is the best breed for a self sufficient farm?
It has to dress out nice, be broody, be good tempered and lay a good amount of eggs.


Edited by OSUman - 9/19/09 at 12:56pm

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There are too many breeds and varieties in the world to have them all... but its too hard just to choose a few.

Currently breeding Bantam Orpingtons, Anconas, White Faced Black Spanish, and RC Rhode Island Reds.  Also have Buff, Blue Swedish and Runner ducks along with Chinese Geese.

 

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Proud Member of the UOC 
There are too many breeds and varieties in the world to have them all... but its too hard just to choose a few.

Currently breeding Bantam Orpingtons, Anconas, White Faced Black Spanish, and RC Rhode Island Reds.  Also have Buff, Blue Swedish and Runner ducks along with Chinese Geese.

 

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post #2 of 36

I'm betting something like Buff Orpingtons. I've heard great things about them.


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post #3 of 36

Partridge Rocks are good layers, lay a nice sized egg and they go broody, they are also excellent meat birds.

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Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

"With God, ALL things are possible."

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post #4 of 36

Stick With the American Class. RIR, Delaware etc.. I get Delawares and New Hamps from. www.Whitmorefarm.com Great stock.

Owner of 50+ birds..egg layers and show birds : Raise standards and establishing a flock of SQ Light and SQ Buff Brahma Bantams.
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Owner of 50+ birds..egg layers and show birds : Raise standards and establishing a flock of SQ Light and SQ Buff Brahma Bantams.
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post #5 of 36
Thread Starter 

How are the delewares in weight?

Proud Member of the UOC 
There are too many breeds and varieties in the world to have them all... but its too hard just to choose a few.

Currently breeding Bantam Orpingtons, Anconas, White Faced Black Spanish, and RC Rhode Island Reds.  Also have Buff, Blue Swedish and Runner ducks along with Chinese Geese.

 

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Proud Member of the UOC 
There are too many breeds and varieties in the world to have them all... but its too hard just to choose a few.

Currently breeding Bantam Orpingtons, Anconas, White Faced Black Spanish, and RC Rhode Island Reds.  Also have Buff, Blue Swedish and Runner ducks along with Chinese Geese.

 

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post #6 of 36

Delawares are as big or bigger than a Partridge Rock, but do they get broody?

Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

"With God, ALL things are possible."

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Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

"With God, ALL things are possible."

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post #7 of 36

Rhode Island Red..

Chris

 

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Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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NPIP # 31-516
Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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post #8 of 36

Get rock and orpingtons. I also reccomend getting 1 leghorn for every member of your family. Our orps and rocks lay every other dayish but we have 3 leghorns and get 1 egg a day from each of them. They are small build and don't eat much, roost high in my trees and are egg laying machines!

Tammy - NPIP #113  Member-APA, ABA - WV State Representative, ASBC - WV State Representative, United Orpington Club.

Breeder and Exhibitor of Large Fowl and Bantam Orpingtons, and Bearded Silkies

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Tammy - NPIP #113  Member-APA, ABA - WV State Representative, ASBC - WV State Representative, United Orpington Club.

Breeder and Exhibitor of Large Fowl and Bantam Orpingtons, and Bearded Silkies

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post #9 of 36

I say Barred Rocks. Mine fit the qualities you listed perfectly.

Though I don't think you will find a solid answer,as there are many great breeds out there and everyone has different opinions.

Clint     


Hatching eggs are no longer avaiable from any breeds until further notice due to predator problems and birds being too old .
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Clint     


Hatching eggs are no longer avaiable from any breeds until further notice due to predator problems and birds being too old .
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post #10 of 36

Langshans...but then there's the chance they'll just decide to STAY broody.  My hen has layed all of 1/2 and egg in 6 months thanks to her hormones...the others are laying almost constantly.

Breeder of: Show Quality Blue and Black Langshans in Largefowl. I also specialize in white Langshan Bantams!  


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Breeder of: Show Quality Blue and Black Langshans in Largefowl. I also specialize in white Langshan Bantams!  


Check out my site! HERE! Or click the text above.

I am a WOMAN!!  Correction, THE woman!

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