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8 pens and 12 breeds. How do you pick?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ninny, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. ninny

    ninny Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    Our plan is to raise heritage breed chickens for meat,eggs,chicks. The extra pullets will free range in my laying flock and so will the roosters that will go in the pot. My breeders will be in 10x10 pens. So we need them to be good mothers as i will have them hatch out their own eggs, good layers, good meat birds, and good free range and in confinement. We will be selling hatching eggs, breeders, show stock, eggs and meat. Couple questions.

    I forgot how many birds can go in a 10x10 pen.[​IMG]

    Would you just do one color of eight birds or pick one breed and do eight colors etc...?
    How many roosters would you have for each? I could maybe set up a extra rooster pen for rotating somewhere.
    Would you only have the rarer breeds

    What would you pick out of these breeds?
    single or rose comb Rhode Island Red
    single or rose comb Rhode Island white
    New Hampshire
    Plymouth Rock
    Jersey Giants


  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    10 X 10 pen. 2 roos 20 hens.
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    A 10x10 pen will house around 7-8 birds comfortably. We use 10x10 dog kennels for pens with 10x20 runs attached. That houses 18 hens and 2 roos just fine. I would recommend the rose comb RIR AND rose comb RIW's and the Dominiques and Javas. I own all of these birds and they all bear confinement well, can tolerate heat and weather the cold. The rose combs help tremendously. All of the above birds are rare and worthy of continuing to improve the breed. We are trying to stick to the rare breeds so finding GOOD quality breeding stock will take a while and will not come cheap. But I have learned that any rare breed worth it's salt is worth the money.
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    single and rose comb Rhode Island Red- For good single combs you could go with shady lane poultry or Greg Chamness, for rose comb I woud say Dick Hortsman( all the breeders I listed have Exibition lines of RIR's)
    rose comb Rhode Island white ( RIW's should have a rose comb )
    Dominique- Mike Sitchler line
    Plymouth Rock- Bob (Robert) blosl or Dick Hortsman
    Jersey Giants
    Buckeyes- Pathfinder from on here at BYC

    Last edited: Nov 4, 2009
  5. hcammack

    hcammack Crowing

    Oct 5, 2007
    Javas and Delawares for sure !
  6. Single-Comb Rhode Island Red
    Plymouth Rock
    Jersey Giants

    This is what I would choose, specifically because of what I have heard about the breeds, etc. Although, I heard that Dominiques were hard to find, so I might replace that with New Hampshires.

    RAREROO Crowing

    Jul 22, 2009
    Alapaha, Ga
    IMO 20 hens is too many for a 10x10 pen, I'd say 10- 12 hens would be fine and you should always keep atleast 2 roos incase you need a back up, or 1 main roo and keep growing off a few young roos that can be used to replace the breeder if need be.

    As for the breeds, go for the rare ones. If you can, try to get good ones from a breeder instead of a hatchery.

    I'd say put Javas at the top of the list.

    #1 Javas
    Then it's hard to beat a good ol Plymouth Rock.

    # 2 Plymouth Rocks

    I'm going to add one that's not on you list, the BEAUTIFUL Speckled Sussex, I raise these and I love them.

    #3 Speckled Sussex

    Then I'll say RIRs in either comb type you prefer but if you get the SCs, don't get the light productions strains, get good dark ones from a breeder like Pine Grove . He's worked on his show line for 20 years.

    #4 RIRs

    RIWs are pretty and rare, but the only true ones are the RCs, not the hatchery "SC RIWs"

    #5 RC RIWs

    bobsbiddies' Dominiques are beautiful birds with great type and they'd be a good idea.

    #6 Dominiques

    Don't know much about Chanteclers, except they're very rare and in need of protection.

    # 7 Chanteclers

    Then I'd Suggest either Wyandottes or Delawares, again from a breeder. I believe speckled hen has heritage Delawares.

    # 8 Wyandottes or Delawares

    If it were me, that's the breeds I'd use from you list.

  8. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

    Jan 15, 2009
    My Coop
    None of those. [​IMG] If this were my setup, I would pick: Splash Silkies, Lavender Silkies, Buff Silkies, Porcelain Silkies, Millie Fleur Cochin bantams, Splash Cochin bantams, and Black Tailed Buff Japs, and Blue D'Uccles. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. hcammack

    hcammack Crowing

    Oct 5, 2007
    Quote:To each there own [​IMG] I would love Java, Faverolle, Blue and Black copper Marans, Wellsummers, and BBS Ameraucana
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Quote:Yikes! That is crowded. Less than 5 sq ft per bird.

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