Sooo everyone, to help out newer folks thats joined our thread, whats your favorite chicken breed? Least favorite? Best roosters, and hens? Please share your thoughts, pictures and opinions. Who is your best layers, and if you keep them for a table bird what breed has worked best?
My bad rooster experiences have been Australorps and Wyandottes. I will point out though that they were all hatchery lines and not from a breeder. Hens were also top in the flock and dominant.
All the breeds I currently keep are great, adore the Orpington most. Followed by EE/OE, Sumatra, Ameruacana, Naked Necks, RIR and WL.
Egg layers, Leghorn and comets lay daily and give us a lot of eggs.
Table birds, most of my breeds have excellent size aside from leghorn. If we have to purchase birds meant for the freezer Cornish Cross are huge at 8 weeks, and that's the hybrid we get.
I'm still a newbie, but for outright production our one leghorn keeps pace with two barred rocks. She's standoffish, but will come when called, but she hasn't missed a day laying in 6 weeks. the BRs seem to give 4 or 5 eggs a week. Not the leghorn, that's 7 eggs a week without fail.
We just have the three birds laying at the moment, but 10 pullets that are 11 weeks on Monday, and one handsome cochin cockerel that seems to be maturing nicely.
The 10 littles are a mixed bag of marans, delawares, new Hampshire, australorps,and speckled Sussex. The marans are the most flighty of that group, and have also been the fastest growing of the bunch. The new Hampshire is close, they look a week ahead of the others. I also have a runty Delaware, who looks two weeks behind the rest. All of my birds are hatchery lines, and aside from the BR, all are from Murray McMurray.
Depending on what the next year brings, I would like to add some OE/EE, and maybe another leghorn, or some other white egg layer.