appenzeller and what other breed to new...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Donald wayne, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. Donald wayne

    Donald wayne In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2014
    hello everyone,from Nova Scotia here, just getting my lil hobby farm going,getting some appenzellers because I like their uniqueness,i now need to pick another breed for nice size eggs for the family,they need to be good around kids and like to forage,need to be hardy as well,chilly winters here,oh and I guess they need to get along with the appenzellers,there are lots and I def am stuck,so many to choose from.thanks for your help...
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Lots of nice breeds out there that are great on the laying, great with the kids and are winter hardy. Buff Orpingtons, Black Australorps, Plymouth Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, ect....My Orps are huge on lap sitting, follow me around like drooling puppies and are very docile. Super hardy for cold and heat.

    Take a look at this link. This chart will give you some quick info on the different breeds...

    Make yourself at home here and ask any questions you may have about things. We do welcome you to our flock!
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I would personally recommend the Wyandotte. In my experience, Wyandottes are docile, hardy birds that lay 250+ eggs per year. They have small combs and heavy feathering, making them hardy in cold weather, and they also tolerate heat well.

    There are many other nice breeds to choose from, though. Some others that I'd recommend include Australorps, Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Rocks, Sex-links, Easter Eggers, and Sussex.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2014
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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

    The Wyandotte is my favorite breed that should fit most of your criteria. Mine have been very good layers of medium brown eggs, even though they are now four years old. Mine have easily withstood below zero temperatures. My Wyandottes have had very good temperaments and are the most personable of my birds.
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X2 on the above posts.

    Barred rocks, orpingtons, australorps, sussex and easter eggers are your best bet for that other breed. These chickens are all known for their friendliness and affection. Plus they lay large eggs regularly. They are good foragers and cold hardy. They love to be part of the family. Here is a great link on determining which breeds are best for you
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  8. Donald wayne

    Donald wayne In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2014
    wow.thanks for the quick responses,very impressed,and yes I have questions,mostly on breeds,if someone just dropped off some birds id be very happy,however since I get to pick the breeds,im being tooooo picky,i really like the appenzellers,but I know their eggs are small,so im gonna pick another breed for the eggs,however not sure if my city girl of a wife will eat them,well she will eventrually, speckled sussex seem to be nice,so we will see,too many choices,gonna drive me crazy,plus I still gotta find a producer who ships to nova scotia,soo any help is appreciated....

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