Am I missing out?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by gritsar, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My SO has said that he doesn't care if I have 100 chicken coops as long as he doesn't have to build another one. I think he has PTSD from the first one.
    I'm busily planning my second (pre-made) coop.
    I can't decide though. Stick with the brahmas I know and love or try a different breed for a change? Am I missing out on something by only having brahmas?

    I'm thinking SLW. Your thoughts?

    Two silkies may find their way into my flock(s) too. That should be hoot. [​IMG]
  2. dizzychicken

    dizzychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2009
    Well, I don't think you are missing out if you really love the breed. However, having multiple breeds that you like certain traits in, is nice a nice variety in chicken luvs.
  3. Dandy Acres

    Dandy Acres Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 14, 2009
    So many different beauties! Keep us informed on your choice.
  4. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    I'm sorry but I absolutely HATE Wyandottes. All of mine have had a bad attitude. One went so far as to kill her own chick when it hatched. She did it on PURPOSE as well.

    I would stick with Asiatic all honesty, I love the personalities and looks of Asiatics more than I do my American breeds.

    Why not try Silver Laced Cochins? You get the Asiatic sweetness, with the pretty and frill to go with it!

    Sorry....I have a MAJOR disdain for Wyandottes...
  5. big medicine

    big medicine custom Brahmas

    Mar 6, 2009
    You know the solution
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    OMG Big Medicine! That's my Thor (dark brahma) with spots!!! [​IMG]

    'k, rodriquez. I thought about the langshans based on your recommendation, but I need really good egg layers? My egg customers are getting antsy for faster eggs.
    Thought about the cochins too, but again need good egg layers. A hen that would actually go broody would be a nice bonus.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2009
  7. ajablu

    ajablu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2008
    Northeast, PA
    I love my Brahmas too, but I enjoy different things so I do have chickens of Different breeds just to enjoy something different. I have Orps and Ameraucanas as well as a few of this and that. It's fun to try something new and fun to have some variety. If you feel you would like something a little different go for it!
  8. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    I agree about the cochins I just love my giant blue cochin hens They do go broody as well. If your looking for big egg layers you can't go wrong with Black Australopes They are not my cup of tea but DH loves them. I will admit they lay very well. Rarely a day goes by that we don't have one egg for each hen. Ours came from a breeder and are not hatchery stock. They are very large and have that green shimmer to their backs.
  9. BFeathered

    BFeathered Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2008
    North Texas
    I got no problem with Langshans! Or ameraucanas, or barred rocks (sweet!) or Orps (very sweet). Kinda like potato chips... can't have just one, and sometimes you find a new favorite when you try something different. Keep us posted... and BB
  10. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    My Australorps also lay well, are really big, have the green sheen, roo was not mean, did watch over and defend his flock; hens can be easily handled though they don't really like it. Hatchery stock. None of the few I had showed any broodiness, but it is said they sometimes do.

    I had 3 Kraienkoppes who were all very broody, plus good mothers. This year I bought large breeds that supposedly at least can go broody, like BO, NHR, SLW and some more. But they are 8 weeks, so remains to be seen. Still have one mature Kraienkoppe, though, if I get some fertile eggs in a couple of months.... And she is my only chicken pet.

    Now I've done more research. The list of broody/good mother breeds I found here, besides Kraienkoppes: OEG games, Malays, Shamos, Asils, Madagascar games, and silkies.

    I want a few broodies to hatch and raise new chicks each year; I do not want to incubate. So many choices, so little time....

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