What  Chicken  Breeds  Should  I  Get?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MissChikken, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. MissChikken

    MissChikken Out Of The Brooder

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    I've never had a pet chicken before, and am interested in getting some. What hatchery websites do you prefer, and what breeds are best? I don't have much space for my chickens, so I thought bantams would be a good choice. Silkies, d'Uccles, bantam Sultans, and Cochins were on my list for now. I also thought about adding a Buff Orpington or two to the bunch. Tell me what you think? Detailed explanations and pictures are preferred, but it doesn't really matter :)
     
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  2. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

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    D'uccles and Silkies are great!! I highly recommend D'uccles though. Beautiful, friendly, small, and very good layers for their size. [​IMG]

    ETA: I love Ideal Poultry. They have a great selection of bantams!
     
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  3. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    If you could find Bantam Barred Rocks or Faverolles that would be good! I've heard good things about D'uccles as well!
     
  4. MissChikken

    MissChikken Out Of The Brooder

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    I looked up Idealpoultry, and they do have a really wide variety of bantams and other poultry too! Would you recommend Meyerhatchery for ducklings, though? I don't know which to get, but I'm leaning more towards chickens since I only want hens, and hens are quieter.
     
  5. MissChikken

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    Cool! Thanks! :)
     
  6. sundevil

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    What are you getting them for....eggs or pets...
     
  7. MissChikken

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    Leaning more towards pets. I don't really need a prolific egg-laying breed of chicken.
     
  8. sundevil

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    Silkies are friendly and my girls love them cuz they look like fuzz balls
     
  9. MissChikken

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    Thanks so much! I think I'll put Silkies on my list permanently. I've been thinking about getting them for months now, and they're the one breed I've been wanting for a long time.
     
  10. howfunkyisurchicken

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    If you're looking for pets, Silkies are the way to go. I love mine! But, don't rule out Cochins or Polish either! They're also very unique and friendly (and you can usually get them both frizzled- fun)! I miss my Cochins so much I'm on the hunt for a few frizzled girls to add into my Silkie flock ;)
    Nikki
     
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