I am placing a McM order and I would like to order the MOST predator savvy breeds available. I am thinking Dark Cornish and Aracaunas. Does that sound ok? I live in Wisconsin so cold hardy is critical. My birds are locked up at night but they free range during the day but in the past I have had HAWKS take chickens. Probably 1 or 2 a year. The only hen who has lasted for 6 years has been an Aracauna. She is really smart and she does NOT get herself out in the open - ever! She stays right near the barn or under dense bushes. Other breeds (Black Giants, Astralorps, RIR) seem to just diddly around out in the wide open without a care in the world and then bam - eaten.
I don't care about eggs - we don't really eat them anyway. Just want them to eat bugs. And NO I don't want guinneas. :-) Sorry but I've had them before and they drove me insane - won't do that again.