Advice on adding to flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by the_damsel, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. the_damsel

    the_damsel Out Of The Brooder

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    I've poured over breed descriptions until my eyes blurred over, and I finally decided to ask all you experts for your opinion. I'm looking to add 4 new laying hens to my flock this year and want to get 2 each of a breed I don't have yet. I'm probably crazy but I have enjoyed getting all different kinds. This is what I have so far:

    Plymouth barred rock
    Rhode island red
    Dominique
    Golden sex link
    Buff orpington
    Wellsummer

    I'm pretty sure I would like to try Black australorp, but in your opinion what would be another great breed? I need a cold-hardy, great layer, preferably non-white eggs.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks so much.
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Easter egger. gotta have some blue or green eggs [​IMG]
     
  3. the_damsel

    the_damsel Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been debating Easter eggers. Are they pretty hardy for cold? How many eggs per week do you get?
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Mine have always been good layers, 6 or so eggs a week during peak production. I always give my birds a break during the winter, but they tolerate the cold just fine. They're also pea combed, so you don't have to worry about a big straight comb getting frost bit.

    Besides the colored eggs, I love the colors the birds themselves come in...and the puffy cheeks......love the puffy cheeks!

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  5. song of joy

    song of joy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely Easter eggers! I have 2 pullet EE. They're friendly, cold-hardy, and good layers . . . and I love the light green eggs!
     

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