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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
Pros - Dependable layer
Cons - Flighty
We love our "four horsemen"! While they are quite nervous and flighty (flying higher and farther than any chicken I've ever seen), our girls are quieter than most, excellent foragers, and always have one or two eggs waiting for collection in the morning.
Pros - Beautiful, very unique
Cons - Flighty, nervous, able to fly high
Although this breed is beautiful to look at, they have bad personalities. Very flighty, and not human friendly. Also, they can very easily fly, more than most chickens.
Pros - Beautiful, energetic, entertaining
Cons - Loud, small eggs, flighty
We have one little Silver Spangled Hamburg and she is easily the most entertaining hen in my flock! She is very loud, so you know when she's laid an egg or is excited about something that's going on in the yard. She's very striking to look at, her earlobes are bright blue, and it's a beautiful contrast to her plumage.
She's an infrequent layer, and her eggs are small, but she's a great addition to the flock! Although she is the smallest of my hens, she is very cold hardy and had no issues at all throughout the New England winter.
Pros - Lovely, prolific layer, watchiful, and a good flyer.
Cons - Quite unfriendly and skittish
My Avalon is the prettiest bird in a flock of 37, sporting iridescent spangles that strongly contrast blindingly white plumage. Her first egg was quite surprising for us, since we were expecting a normal white, but what we found in the nesting box bore a striking resemblance to a small, shiny, rosy pearl.
I value Avalon as a "watchbird" for our flock, as it seems that she is always the first to spot ground/aerial predators and alert all the rest with a call. This is a valuable trait that comes in handy for our flock of diverse sizes and shapes that might not enable some to escape as quickly.
For being such a tiny bird, she holds quite a bit of clout in the pecking order. Perhaps there's something strange about our chickens and ducks, because the small ones are every bit as evil as their much larger flockmates!
Although I love Avalon and wouldn't trade her for the world, her personality leaves something to be desired. I kid you not when I say that you can't get closer than 7 feet from her, otherwise she'll go into a panicked frenzy trying to get away. Won't be getting this breed in the future for pet qualities, but rather for their looks, egg production, and level of caution when free-ranging.
Pros - beautiful, docile
Cons - can be flighty at times
i got my silver spangled hamburg from murray mcmurray hatchery on 2-7-2015 as a chick, now she is 6 months old as she is so pretty! she lays a small white egg every day and she Loves to dust bathe. i read that this breed is known to fly up in trees but she has not been in a tree the highest she has even been was in her roosting bar at night.. i named my hen dotty.
this is a picture of her when she was a few days old.
she is on the right
this is a picture a her i took a few days ago
Pros - Beautiful, just stunning really, good forager, protective gentleman roo
Cons - Haven't found one
I only have one girl and boy. I had these years ago but they were wiped out by a neighbor's dog when I wasn't home. They roam really far and love to forage. The rooster is awesome. He treats his hens well and they know it. He keeps a good 15 or better with him at all times. My other two roosters I have right now just run around being greedy, mean, and randy. But this guy calls them for food, warns about hawks, he will even chase straggler hens into the coop when a hawk is out. I have never had a better rooster. Plus he is stunning to look at. I hope he has a long life because I don't know if all Hamburg roosters are this awesome or when I will find another like him. I don't know if the girl is laying yet, I have several who lay small eggs and since she is a single I just can't tell. I assume she is since the rest of the flock is. She is so cute I would not want to let her go any way.
Pros - Smaller Breed, Dont cost much to feed, Great show chickens, Lay a lot of white eggs, Winter hardy, Beautiful
Cons - Can be flighty, Eggs are small, Not great for beginners
My hen Miruna isn't flightly, and infact was the calmest chicken at fair. I didn't even have to hold her down on the table during the show. I just love her. They can be amazing chickens and don't have to be flightly if you raise them right. I suggest to not hold them as much when they are younger. Try hand feeding them and gaining their trust first.
Pros - Good seller breed, pretty, good layers, easy look after
Cons - Flighty, have to keep them clean
In Australia this breed is rare. I own a flock but it took me 2 years to put it together traveling far and wide to find them. They sell for a very good price and are the best chickens I ever had.
Pros - Very beautiful, small and quiet
Cons - very flighty
My hamburg, Millie, is very beautiful but is the least friendly of my mixed flock. She is very quiet and is happy to live in the shadows. She isn't very big either but her markings make her a crowd pleaser to anyone that sees her.