#1 Recommended breed to new keeper?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 9SpiceyChickens, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. 9SpiceyChickens

    9SpiceyChickens Crowing

    Jul 24, 2018
    In the coop, Northern CA
    So- you lost your flock :( But your getting new ones!
    You can only get one breed? WHich breed will YOU get?

    Personally, I would get Silkies. They come in pretty colors, they're fluffy, they lay eggs, and you can show them!

    So- what would YOU get?
  2. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    Easter Eggers. I like the fact that they come in all sorts of colors and can lay eggs of different colors, plus all the ones I've had have had great personalities.
  3. jess924

    jess924 Chirping

    Aug 16, 2018
    I would lean towards speckled Sussex or barred rock...IMO they are both very friendly and social breeds. SS loves to talk nonstop...lays well also
  4. Chicksnmind

    Chicksnmind Songster

    Feb 16, 2018
    Central Florida
    Right I’m with both of you a Ee or silkie. My Ee is so sweet but I love the looks of silkie.

    My small momma silkie went after my Ee for no reason other than she has been away from the group and she was standing next to the food dish ( the chicks were not near them). The first two times she let the silkie get away with it. The third time she let her know who was the boss. Silkie was missing a few feathers and ran away and my Ee let her. Can’t wait until my momma silkie gets her sweet personality back.

    Here’s my sweet Ee. E7632B8A-00DA-48B8-B28B-7B621ABC9249.jpeg
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2018
  5. Killer Tomato

    Killer Tomato Songster

    Mar 2, 2017
    Willamette Pass, Oregon
    The smartest ones in my flock, by far, and so personable. Though, when they molt, they molt *hard* and long (at least mine do). My Barred Rocks are better layers though, and very sweet to me but quite bossy with the other flock members. My EE's don't seem to pick on anyone. I'll have to go with Easter Eggers. :)
  6. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful

    Apr 11, 2010
    I like the eggs! So, red sexlink. Or, leghorn. Interesting that I ran across this question. I just had to place all of my hens. :( Circumstances here at home......but I've been thinking I may get 2 hens this spring. Man, those eggs from the store! Yellow yolks. Not as nice or orange and thick as mine were. Anyway, I miss my girls too. I've hatched sooo many breeds. I love the silkie and bantam cochins..for my bantys. Love the EEs..never know what color you will get..and love the blue or olive eggs. I'm not feeling well today, so have been visiting around here on BYC..posting photos. Here are some of my favorite past breeds. First olive egger/EE..and her egg. 20180824_074345.jpg 20170813_094420.jpg My leghorns were always the friendliest. 20171101_163735(0).jpg 20170504_131017.jpg 20170504_130848.jpg 20170704_171222.jpg loved hatching..Nn babies were always cute. 20180314_121914.jpg 20180727_001747.jpg 20180315_134551.jpg My SS sitting pretty FB_IMG_1509557561571.jpg I even hatched ducks for fun..and quail once. Caught these cute webbed feet while candling a duck egg. Hatched them out for a friend whose mama had been sitting, but then...a racoon.. :( 20170428_200055.jpg Got a couple of her eggs to hatch. Well, I've gone and done it...hijacked your post! But have to say thanks. Had fun going through photos of my chicks and hens. Man I miss them.
  7. 9SpiceyChickens

    9SpiceyChickens Crowing

    Jul 24, 2018
    In the coop, Northern CA
    It's okay!

    Maybe get an EE or two.... ;)
    Dawnclucks22, puffypoo and Cynthia12 like this.
  8. HollyDutton

    HollyDutton Chirping

    Apr 17, 2018
    Houston, TX
    I think a flock of salmon faverolles would be lovely and sweet :)
  9. MelissaRose

    MelissaRose Songster

    Apr 15, 2018
    I like marans, they lay chocolate colored eggs and the one I had was the calmest and nicest chicken I've ever had :)
  10. MillersFarm

    MillersFarm Easily distracted by Chickens

    Jun 3, 2016
    Lewiston NY
    I would either have to choose Bielefelders or black copper marans. Borh breeds are amazing for meat purposes and both are great layers.. But if I had to choose one i'd have to go with marans.

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