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Anyone have opinions on these breeds?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Draconargentum, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. Draconargentum

    Draconargentum Out Of The Brooder

    May 9, 2007
    Howdy, folks. Just wanted to get y'all's input on these particular breeds. I'm looking specifically for layers (I really like the dark brown eggs, and the green/blue ones, too), but silkies are in there just 'cause they look fun. Any input as to how quickly a breed matures, how well your representative of a breed deals with people, etc., would be appreciated. Thanks!

    Breeds: Ameraucana, Barnevelder, Brahma, Marans, Rhode Island Red, Silkie, Sussex, Welsummer
  2. bunch-a-chickens

    bunch-a-chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2007
    Claiborne County Tn.
    sorry, never had any of them [​IMG]
  3. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    RIR - good layer, good natured, easy to raise and keep happy [​IMG]

    I have a couple of silkies but they aren't mature yet.
  4. fdnick

    fdnick Master Chicken Hoarder

    Aug 22, 2007
    Spokane, Wa.
    I am really interested in the wheaton and birchin Maran.. hope some of those folks respond :O)
    Do not have any of the other breeds.... [​IMG]
  5. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2007
    RIR's are the best bet for lots of big brown eggs.
  6. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

    Nov 14, 2007
    I have RIR's and they can't be beat for temperment and egg laying. I love mine. I have had Marans but I don't know if it was heat here or not but they did not lay well for me and I had to sell the Roos after they got mature for flogging me.

    I have had but do not have now Aruacanas and I have nothing but good things to say about them but just had to make a decision on what breeds I was going to work with and they were on the bottom.
    I have loved silkies every since I layed eyes on them. Love working with them. They are just a delight to my soul.
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I have marans and welsummers. The welsummers aren't as friendly as the marans, but mine have been more consistant layers. The marans are very laid back...even the roosters.
  8. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    I have had Rhode Island Reds, Silkies, Brahmas, Ameracanas, and one lone Speckled Sussex. My rating for both egg laying and personality combined:

    1. Ameracanas-personality plus egg laying
    2. Brahmas-egg laying, less personality
    3. Silkies-personality, small eggs thus the third place
    4. Sussex-decent layer, decent personality
    5. Rhode Island Reds-good layer, no personality
  9. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Black Jersey Giants-layback, great personality, love them
  10. DougD

    DougD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2007
    Ameraucanas [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (true breed - not easter eggers)
    Good temperament, not aggresive, good egg layers.

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