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Chicken Breeds item created by RodeoLaneChicks, Jan 13, 2012
Pros - Egg Production is amazing, friendly
Cons - Have had a few that drop eggs in the middle of the night or lay soft eggs here and there.
Pros - -great egg producers
-great for those new to raising chickens
Cons - -usually, eats almost about anything
-they sometimes can be broody for more than an extended time
These chickens are very friendly! They are great egg producers. My sex-links were laying about 5-6 days worth of eggs per week. They are very tame, not too docile and shy. They love to eat almost anything and are not finicky. My sex-links ate almost everything I gave to them ranging from old cereal crumbs to cottage cheese. Overall, awesome birds, especially for those new to raising chickens.
Pros - great layers, very docile, very people friendly, large eggs for there size
Cons - Loud, Mean to new chicks
I have 5 one year old hens , that have laid nearly every day since 20 weeks old, they lay a medium-large brown egg every day. My hens just let me pick them up and carry them around, or pet them. I love them to death but i recently got six new chicks to introduce and they aren't the best to them, but other than that they are perfect, i recommend them for first time chicken owners who want a lot of eggs
Pros - Kid-friendly, prolific layer, good size eggs
Cons - None
This is probably the overall best hen in my flock. She was the first to begin laying out of the breeds (EEs, Black Australorps, and Golden Comet) that I bought last Spring. She is my two-year old daughter's favorite hen and will allow my daughter to pick her up and carry her around with no fuss at all. When the weather began to get colder and I hadn't had a chance to put a light in the coop yet, all the other hens laid fewer eggs for a while, but not the Golden Comet! She was consistent with her egg-a-day all the way through! Great size eggs too, right from the first egg. Highly recommend this breed for laying!
Pros - Friendly, Fairly good layers, Pretty, Sex-linked
Cons - Could lay more eggs
Although our Black Sex Links lay better, our four gold sex links are pretty, friendly chickens.
Pros - Easily tamed, grow quickly
Cons - Eat to the point it concerns me.
I will update this as soon as she starts laying.
I have one Gsl in my flock, and she is the sweetest thing. Knew her name within a couple days, lets the kids mess with her, comes right up to me, and super docile with the other birds. Her eating habits however, concern me. Her crop is almost always burgeoning with food, and while it does empty a bit, she makes certain it is filled right back up to the point there are visible gaps between the feathers. Hopefully this will diminish as she grows up a bit, as she is only six weeks old right now. I expect her to have a problem with an impacted crop at least once in her life though.
Pros - sweet and sociable disposition, beautiful, prolific laying - first to lay, one every day for first year, huge eggs
Cons - Poor quality eggs and health problems due to too much laying and too large of eggs.
I first want to mention that I only have one gold sex link chicken (Gold Star) and personality and appearance she is one of my favorites. She was the first of my babies to lay and from that day on she gave us eggs daily that became progressively larger, larger, until they were the size of duck eggs. The shells became paper thin, they were often irregular with a dark maroon spot at the apex. The maroon/red tissue is also in the egg which otherwise is great with gigantic yolks. Although "Star" gave us an egg a day for the first 6 months her laying decreased dramatically after that, to approximately one egg per week as she is now two years old. She stopped laying this winter which seemed to help the egg quality tremendously but if she lays more than two times a week - thin shells, dropped from perch, maroon spots. I realize my experience with one chicken hardly makes valid the experience of this variety, but I also am taking to heart the review provided by user: Haveandtohold, which you can find above in this topic. The link provided, which is supports the idea that this poor chicken has been genetically altered to a point that is harmful to them. I will not buy high production sex links.
Pros - They lay large brown eggs 5/7 days a week
Cons - Their egg production slows down in the winter
We have one Gold Star named Phil. She lays huge eggs (2.7 oz!) and the eggs are almost perfectly round. They are also pretty quiet. We are definitely going to get some more of them!!
Pros - Big eggs daily, tough, very friendly
I have one 3 year old and one 4.5 month old. They are very friendly with me. Sometimes they drive me nuts because they get in my way. My older one has been a bit aggressive with the younger chickens but not to the point I was worried. My older chicken did get sick once but she got better and all I did was give her medicated chick food(no vet). I get giant eggs from the older chicken every day and an egg every day from the younger one. Both of the hens have started laying weeks before the other chickens. I would recommend this breed to first time chicken owners. They are great layers and pets.
Pros - beautiful, sweet when held
Cons - flighty, bold, can't wear shorts around them
Beautiful and sweet hens. I have 2. One of them is really bold and pecks me whenever she gets the chance. I cannot wear shorts around them because they will peck at the freckles on my leg(also, she has attacked my leg once when I was holding my cochin; I think she gets jealous). They are both hard to catch but they are really sweet once they are in my arms. I got them from tractor supply during spring break.