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Michigan Chickens (what breed)

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I am trying to figure out what type of chickens I want. I want 2-4 chickens. I want them more as pets then for anything else, so I need a friendly breed. They will never to eaten so the "meatyness" doens't matter. And I don't really care what color eggs they lay, or if they are high egg layers as I don't eat eggs, and will selling or giving away most if not all the eggs. ( I want to raise chickens as pets, and I want to be able to provide family and friends with cruelty free eggs)

So here is my question, what breed of chicken is friendly out going, entertaining, and can handle LONG cold winters, and snow.

I would also like to get adult chickens or at least "teen age" chickens doesn any one know where I can get them??...or do i simply have to search for chicken people in my area.

Thank you!

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post #2 of 9

Hi,

I am in Michigan too. What part are you in? From what I read, the australorps are cold-hearty and lay well in the winter.
If you go to My Pet Chicken, it has a series of questions you can answer and it gives breed suggestions.

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post #3 of 9
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Funny, I actually just got done taking that little quiz on My Pet Chicken right before reading this.

The result it gives me are to many to choose from though! But the site has been very usful.


Thank you.

I live in the South East part of Michigan.
How about you?

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post #4 of 9

I've raised a variety of breeds here in MI, and any of the heavy breeds handle the winters well, but if you're in the southern part of the state you could probably get away with some smaller breeds as well. The friendliest, calmest birds I've ever raised were Orpingtons, Australorps, and Barred Rocks. Good Luck! smile

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post #5 of 9

We have RIR, Buff Orp and mutts.  If you go to My Pet Chicken they have a chicken selector for hardness, temperament, etc.

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post #6 of 9

I live in Northern Michigan and my bantam Cochin handle the cold well.  They are really fluffy and sweet birds  ( big puffy balls)   I also  have phoenix and they do well too.   We had a small amount of frostbite on the combs this winter but nothing that caused to much damage and they healed up well.   Phoenix are social and friendly  ( some say they are flighty)  I dont see it.   I have one Norbert that will come when called allow u to pick him up at any time and will sit on your lap all day long if u let him. 
Allie

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Saxony,Calls,Kacki Campbells,Grey Runners  Coming Soon  Dutch hookbills
Chickens:  Dutch, Phoenix, Cochins, White faced black spanish, Modern Game, RIR,Seremas and Rosecombs
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post #7 of 9

Im smack-dab center of Taylor-tucky...downriver area, about 20 minutes south of Detroit. smile

Completely illegal to own chickens where I live...so my chicks will have to wear disguises.

What city are you in?

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I'm in Detroit, Corktown, (also illegal to have chickens, but honestly some one up the block has GOATS! and chickens so I think I'm good.)

I am planning on having my coop inside the garage, with a doggy door doing out to the back yard, to a dog run.

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post #9 of 9

Buff orpingtons are very friendly and do good in cold.

I have a great hubby, 3 wonderful daughters, 2 english mastiffs, 1 rotti,cats, goats and a whole lotta chickens!  I have the chickens, hubby has salmon fishing boat!!   Life is good!
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I have a great hubby, 3 wonderful daughters, 2 english mastiffs, 1 rotti,cats, goats and a whole lotta chickens!  I have the chickens, hubby has salmon fishing boat!!   Life is good!
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