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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by delfargo, May 18, 2010.

  1. just a quick question - do most of you have all the same breed of chicken in your flock, or do you have many different breeds? i'm still researching what to get (need good egg layers that don't fly very well that can stand cold temps).
    i'll be sarting with a small flock - maybe 10. the coop i'm building will be insulated pretty well (renovating part of the existing barn), but it still gets awful cold at delfargo farm in the winter. so... do the different breeds get along with other or should i pick one breed that fits my needs? thanx for the advice.

  2. rebecky1305

    rebecky1305 Songster

    Aug 19, 2009
    Lansing, MI
    I have different breeds because I like a variety. I also live in an area with cold winters so I tried to pick breeds that are cold hardy. I have Easter Eggers, Red Sex Links, Silver Lace Wyandottes, and Barred Rocks. [​IMG]
  3. Nostalchic

    Nostalchic Songster

    I like a diverse flock, they have different qualities and personalities, AND it's easier tell the hens apart. They also bring different assets to the enterprise. For instance, my Cochins are very broody, wouldn't want a whole flock of these broodies, but it's nice to have a few to hatch some fertile eggs for me (they are sitting on some Maran eggs now). And a colorful basket of eggs is really cool (thus I'm adding the Marans). Check out the My Pet Chicken site - it has a good little tool to select breeds. And McMurray hatchery has some "reviews" of various breeds which are fun to read, will give you some ideas.
    Last edited: May 18, 2010
  4. big medicine

    big medicine custom Brahmas

    Mar 6, 2009
    If a specific breed fits your needs, brahma, wyandotte, rock, etc., or just catches your fancy, you can keep several color varieties of said breed. This will give you a broad spectrum of color in the yard, while maintaining uniformaty in size, type, and to some degree personality and aggression.
  5. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    Definetly go with different breeds!! Looking at all the same kind all the time gets boring!! [​IMG]

  6. Hillsvale

    Hillsvale Songster

    Oct 20, 2009
    Hillsvale, Nova Scotia
    I have columbian rock, silkies, fayoumis, welsummers, americauna's, australorp.... more to come!
    Last edited: May 18, 2010
  7. darkmatter

    darkmatter Songster

    Jul 10, 2009
    Quote:I started with Rhode Island Reds and Barred Rock-----Hatched out my own eggs to get a blended breed, then blended in Easter Egger, Jersey Giant, and Australop. I have "mutts" and well on my way to to a local Landrace. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landrace

  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Quote:Not to mention the egg color variety!

    I have different breeds and love it.
  9. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Songster

    Dec 2, 2009
    Sunny side up :)
    I have a mixed pullet flock for eggs and then I have separate pens for the other ones I will be breeding later. You can keep them together until they are breeding age then separate them into different groups.
  10. pkw

    pkw Songster

    May 14, 2010
    North Edwards, CA
    I currently have new hampshire reds and easter eggers. By Sunday I will also have: black austraplorps, columbian wyandottes, buff rocks, white orpingtons, turkens, blue laced red wyandottes and partridge rocks. I have blue orpington eggs, lavender orpington eggs and delaware eggs on the way to hatch also. I wanted to have a nice variety this year.

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