Originally Posted by dheltzel
If you're looking for docile "eye candy", I think you've just described Cochins. Or if you want something tall and stately, how about Langshans?
My friend lives a few miles away and I hatched dozens of Breda Fowl for him 2 years ago. He kept a few hens and free ranged the extra roos on the farm where I keep chickens. I have never been stalked by a free ranging roo until those Bredas matured, then at least 1, maybe 2, would run up behind us. They never made contact, or I would have ended him quickly, but I did make sure to eliminate all of them before they had a chance to breed and get those genes into our flock.
We advertised for months on Craiglist to sell off just a few chicks, so we resolved to stop hatching them. I know he'd sell you eggs cheap, and when we spoke a week ago he mentioned maybe hatching a few to get some black hens. If he does that, the blue and splash ones will be sold cheap. I'm not sure what colors you want. Are you fairly close to Pottstown?
I am certain we will never have Bredas on our farm ever again. I think they are scarce because most people that have tried them have moved on and don't consider them worth propagating.
Thanks for relaying the first hand experience!
I may soon be taking on the responsibility of becoming groundskeeper/caretaker of a 15 acre bed and breakfast/farm.
The owners want some friendly livestock and 4-5 different breeds of chickens.
All basically just eye candy, not trying to have a petting zoo or riding lessons or anything like that. Just animals to add to the country/farm atmosphere.
I know there will be sheep and a few horses.
As far as chickens, I know I want sultans and/or polish,
Cemani or Svart Hona...
Looking for 2/3 other breeds. Was considering Breda or Brahmas for something bigger but docile...open to suggestions.
Just want 4-5 distinctly different looking breeds.