adding to the flock - what breed would YOU recommend??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by technodoll, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't told my DH yet (shhhh he'll kill me!) but I am thinking of adding a couple of new hens to the flock... I love my girls but 11 out of the 16 are mixed breed and I'd really love a few striking purebreds. I already have 5 silkies so no more of those.

    I found a breeder within driving distance (about 60 miles one-way) who has over 40 breeds so I'm pretty sure to find what I want there...

    Question is: what do I want??


    -needs to be comfortable in COLD temperatures, winters here are 5 months long and quite miserable
    -i want hens that are sweet, docile, sociable and smart as they need to integrate into my existing flock
    -hardy, healthy and long-lived
    -of course good egg layers, the silkies with their teeny tiny eggs are a joke LOL!
    -the funkier the egg color the better

    So... what do I want??

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  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    You want Easter Eggers or Orpingtons.
     
  3. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Barred Rocks are excellent chickens and they should make an excellent breed for you.


    I have never had any experience with adult birds of these breeds, but Wyandottes and Brahmas are also supposed to be great for cold climates.
     
  4. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    I love my Ameraucana and they lay really beautiful eggs and are cold hardy because of their peacombs. I also really like my Wellsummers and Marans but I am not sure they are as cold hardy as you would like though mine have never gotten frostbite in my climate.

    Good Luck have fun!
     
  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Wellies can do well in cold weathers!

    I would say both Welsummers and Amercuanas (or Easter Eggers if you get them from the hatchery) can be good for you!
     
  6. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    OK, you NEEEEEEED Dominique's. VERY friendly and personable, lays a decent sized egg, Rose comb so that lessens frostbite chances, they are pretty good sized and they are very quiet.
     
  7. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

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    Sussex!!!! You have got to have Sussex! They are the most friendly chicken I have ever encountered! They practically never fight. They are indeed good layers. They are also striking! Sussex!!!! Sussex!!!!! Sussex!!!!!
     
  8. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How about a RIR(banty and standard)
    or a brahma, or cochin?
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  9. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    To be honest I agree with ewesheep the Wellsummers are actually my favorite birds I only have two hens but they lay the most eggs and the most interesting looking eggs. I also love my Ameraucana and Marans to though [​IMG]
     
  10. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Langshans...of course! [​IMG]
     

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