A step towards knowing where your food comes from.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by InvertedKitty, Oct 15, 2014.

  1. InvertedKitty

    InvertedKitty Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 15, 2014
    North Carolina
    I am new to the world of chickens and have been reading all the information possible to make sure my first attempt is stress free and successful. We are starting small, 4 or 5 girls of mixed breeds- orpington, astralorpe, plymoth, and Sussex are on my list currently. We are lucky my local farm store brings in 20 or so breeds. I am open to suggestions on breeds that are generally kid friendly.
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  2. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    I've raised most breeds out there at one time or another and can tell you mean ones come in all colors and shapes. From experience though, the friendliest feed store breeds are the Cochins, Polish, Buffs, and most large heavy chickens. The flighty ones seem to be a bit on the ornery side like games, most bantams, lehorns and other small frame chickens.
    Just my opinion, your millage my vary.
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    My suggestion for a docile, kid-friendly chicken is the Wyandotte. Mine have been personable, inquisitive, sweet, and docile birds. They are also great layers and come in many beautiful colors.

    From what I've read (and from lots of other peoples' experience), your Orpingtons and Australorps especially should also be gentle. I'd add in a Wyandotte as well, though!
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  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Be sure to check out the BYC Learning Center, lots of good articles on all aspects of chicken keeping you'll find useful with your new flock. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Not sure if you have seen them, but here are a couple of links to some nice chicken breed comparison charts you might like http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html and http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/chickenbreedcomparison.pdf and http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/breed-list.aspx
    when you have narrowed down your choices, don't forget to check the BYC Reviews section for member reviews on the different breeds. https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds
    For pets,especially for children, Silkies and Cochins are probably the two most popular breeds, they are not very good egg layers but are very friendly and both good broodies. So far as more layer breeds go, the Black Australorps and Orpingtons are really popular lots of people really like these, great pets though somewhat broody). The Plymouth Rocks and Sussex aren't usually quite as broody, I find the Sussex girls to have very nice temperaments. Delaware and Wyandottes are two other popular breeds that are usually pretty easy to get along with. The Easter Egger, often sold as Ameraucana by hatcheries, are a fun breed because they usually lay green/blue eggs which kids really seem to like, and they also tend to be very nice birds.
    You might also like to check out your state/country thread to see what people in your area have had luck with. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread
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  5. InvertedKitty

    InvertedKitty Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 15, 2014
    North Carolina
    My son loves spending time with birds, (my neighbor has chickens currently) and we have rehabbed a few injured wild birds so I am hoping to add to his love of all things feathered, as well as teach him a little bit of where foods comes from. I am an avid gardener and a new N.C.resident. cochin are really neat looking, I worried about the wet climate here and their neat furry feet.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Silkies are kids favorites and because they generally go broody often, chicken folk like having them instead of using an incubator. When they are broody, you can swap out their eggs for fertile eggs of any breed and they will hatch and raise them as their own. Due to the fact that other breeds like to bully them, it's probably better to have 2 silkie pullets so they have a friend. Black australorps seem to be popular as dual purpose breeds for laying or meat.
  7. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    Hi and :welcome

    Silkies are really cool. :p A lot of people with kids recommend buff orpingtons, they are gentle and friendly.

    I'm not sure about the cochins and wet weather but you can try asking here, they'll probably know:

    Good luck!
  8. cash money

    cash money Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2014
    Bared rocks are great cochins are great to most heavy breeds are very kid friendly
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I've raised dozens of breeds over the past 50 years (including the four you have), and three of the four breeds you have, Orpingtons, Australorps, and Sussex, are about as kid friendly as you will find. My kids made lap pets out of all three of these three breeds, and now my granddaughter (pictured in my avatar) has made lap pets of our Orpingtons and Australorps. Other very kid friendly breeds that my kids made lap pets of are Silkies, Cochins, and Brahmas. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.

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