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What kind of chickens should I get?

post #1 of 22
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I am not sure where to post this

I am trying to decide on what types of chickens to add to my flock
My flock is primarily a pet flock- if they give me eggs, cool, if not, fine - and I do not raise for meat
I like variety too smile
I have tried lots of differant breeds, and I know it really depends on the bird. I had the craziest fayomi that I loved, but hated how flighty my leghorn was- but I am willing to try birds
I loved my seramas, and always have my eye out for some, and have always wanted jersey giants too.  I loved my dominek too, I favor heritage breeds, or breeds with character
I have muscovy ducks, silkies and two turkeys right now that all get along, very sweet birds
They are cooped at night, but are mainly free range, so I expect my birds to stay in a 6 foot fence.  Seramas, fayomis and leghorns were not awesome at staying inside my fence. Maybe heavier birds would be better about staying inside the fence?  But I can not imagin not having little banties - I like my banties
  I also am in the suburbs so I prefer quiet birds so the neighbors do not catch on that I have birds back here LOL
Do you see the fickle issue I am having? I love reading the threads here about differant breeds, very helpful

What do I want?  What do you suburb fanciers like?

post #2 of 22

Well I have been giving it a lot of thought as I am getting chickens in the spring for pets 'with benefits." My list to choose from is down to:

Australorp
Barenevlder
Plymouth Rock (barred or buff)
Wellsumer
Easter Egger
Speckled or Buff Sussex

I am looking for sweet,  love friendly, easy keepers that do well in my area (PNW)

My current family:     A kooky Belgian Malinois, a feisty Pembroke Welsh Corgi,  2 ponds full of friendly fish
                        a small parrot, 1 BR, 1 SS, 1 BLRW, 1 EE and of course a wonderful, understanding husband!
               
                                         Arguing is pointless.    It can hurt your head too.
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My current family:     A kooky Belgian Malinois, a feisty Pembroke Welsh Corgi,  2 ponds full of friendly fish
                        a small parrot, 1 BR, 1 SS, 1 BLRW, 1 EE and of course a wonderful, understanding husband!
               
                                         Arguing is pointless.    It can hurt your head too.
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post #3 of 22

I have Australorps, they are nice docile birds.  I love my Silkies.  I just got a pair of Coronation Split Sussex, so not sure about their temperament yet.  The little roo is pretty easy going, he lets me pet him.  I have a little Lavender Orp and is his very friendly.  Comes right to me.  I have heard the Orpingtons are very friendly birds. 

I have Seramas in the bator, but I do not know anything about them.

Wife to a Patient Loving Husband, Mother to 6 children and 3 Grandchildren.  Breeders of Black, Blue, Blue Partridge, Partridge, Buff, Paint, Porcelain, Splash, White and AOV Silkies.  www.elitesilkies.com
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Wife to a Patient Loving Husband, Mother to 6 children and 3 Grandchildren.  Breeders of Black, Blue, Blue Partridge, Partridge, Buff, Paint, Porcelain, Splash, White and AOV Silkies.  www.elitesilkies.com
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post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 

oh yeah!  I LOVED  my australorp- nice, calm large birds- I need to research the rest of those suggestions, thank you!

I am in the Pacific Northwest too:D

post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by KellyandKatie 

oh yeah!  I LOVED  my australorp- nice, calm large birds- I need to research the rest of those suggestions, thank you!

I am in the Pacific Northwest too:D


They really are great birds.  I have a few roo's and they have never shown any aggression.  They won't let me hold them, but they will all come right to me. 

Very pretty too.

Wife to a Patient Loving Husband, Mother to 6 children and 3 Grandchildren.  Breeders of Black, Blue, Blue Partridge, Partridge, Buff, Paint, Porcelain, Splash, White and AOV Silkies.  www.elitesilkies.com
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Wife to a Patient Loving Husband, Mother to 6 children and 3 Grandchildren.  Breeders of Black, Blue, Blue Partridge, Partridge, Buff, Paint, Porcelain, Splash, White and AOV Silkies.  www.elitesilkies.com
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post #6 of 22

I would also look at California Whites.
They are by far my favorite!
Even over Astralorps!

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post #7 of 22

I love a pallet of different colored eggs
Top choices

Australorp and Orpingtons  the nicest, friendliest and sweetest light brown egg layers
Wellsumer for dark brown eggs
True Ameraucanas for blue eggs
Eater eggers for green eggs


Edited by Joyryder - 12/2/09 at 10:46am
Hmmm - 1 Amazing DH, DD, DS DGS, 1 Palomino paint, 1 Bichon Frise, 5 BOs, 15 EEs, 2 BAs, 8 Ameraucanas, 14 BCMs and more to come!
Working on a palette of rainbow eggs
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Hmmm - 1 Amazing DH, DD, DS DGS, 1 Palomino paint, 1 Bichon Frise, 5 BOs, 15 EEs, 2 BAs, 8 Ameraucanas, 14 BCMs and more to come!
Working on a palette of rainbow eggs
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post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thank you! Lots to research!

post #9 of 22

I've never had Australorps, but I HAVE had speckled Sussex, and they were marvelous!  Very calm (except the roosters were kind of aggressive) and they laid eggs forever! 

I'm getting banties in the spring - OEG and maybe sebrights.  smile

STILL building a tractor, window shopping for chickens even though I'm already "overrun with chickens (not yet!!), STILL lurking around BYC and running my mouth, can't wait can't wait can't wait
big fan of Heifer International!!!!!  go to www.heifer.org for more information
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STILL building a tractor, window shopping for chickens even though I'm already "overrun with chickens (not yet!!), STILL lurking around BYC and running my mouth, can't wait can't wait can't wait
big fan of Heifer International!!!!!  go to www.heifer.org for more information
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post #10 of 22

If you want a great pet AND get eggs, get a large fowl Light Brahma.  Mine comes to me to be picked up and petted.  She's just a big, fluffy bundle of cuddle.  And she's still laying great, even with the days being shorter.

I'd also suggest Easter Egger. (sold as Ameraucana from hatcheries)  They typically (although not always) lay green or blue eggs.  Can't beat easter eggs you don't have to color.

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

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