Originally Posted by heatherscooby77
I agree the commercial/production breeds are boring. They are also not good for free ranging. Their genetics are for living in a cage making eggs, then going into Campells Soup, and pet food.
Eh, I'm gonna disagree here. While I will admit that my Aunt's Red Sex links are just boring little balls of scraggly orangish fluff and really don't "Do it" for me. I'm sure there are people out there who like them. Personally, when I was looking for something...ANYTHING to lay eggs for me this past fall, I snapped up the first definite pullets I found which turned out to be a Buff Orpington, Black Orpington and White Leghorn. Of the three the White Leghorn I almost didn't get just because they're "boring production birds with no personality"
Angel is anything but boring and has the sweetest most cuddly curious adorable personality of any of my chickens. She's the first to greet me when I open the door. Yeah, I know it's all about that bucket of fermented feed I'm carrying with me but she's still happy to see me for whatever reason. She'll just stop and squat when I reach to pick her up. And then sit with her head leaned over against my shoulder making contended little puck puck noises all the while I hold her. Her big floppy red comb so soft and warm and she's just adorable. She's actually been cuddly like that since we got her. I'd sit and watch TV with her in my arms when she was a little 4 month old pullet and from the start she'd stretch out her neck and lay her head against my shoulder, close her eyes and just look so happy. You'd swear she's a cat sometimes the way she acts.
But I do agree, you have to find a breed(s) that interest you or you won't keep them for long. Honestly, if Angel stopped laying eggs tomorrow I'd keep her for ten years yet if she lived that long.
It also depends a lot upon what you're keeping chickens for and what you expect from them. Mine are Pets With Benefits. As long as the majority do enough laying to make up for the ones that have slowed down they all stay. If and when it starts costing me way more than I'm getting out of them, I'll probably just get more chickens to make up the difference. By then the kids will be grown and have jobs and stuff and start earning their keep a bit as well so I'll figure that into the equation as well. lol! Seriously though, it is all about what you keep them for. As I said, mine are pets first, if yours are production first, you'll want to move out the slackers and replace them with birds that are laying more.