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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by HWS sutton, May 11, 2016.

  1. HWS sutton

    HWS sutton In the Brooder

    May 11, 2016
    Hi. Just starting out with chickens. I have a small garden so need a breed that can be in a run most of the day. It also has to be a good layer. Digging up plants to a minimum. And also very friendly as a pet. Hope you can help?

  2. Hi, welcome to byc.

    Not sure about the garden, but I think good starter breed are barred rocks, easter eggers, and orpingtons. That being said, there are tons of personality range between individuals even in the same breed. How many are you getting?
  3. HWS sutton

    HWS sutton In the Brooder

    May 11, 2016
    I think 3. I was thinking of faverolles?
  4. animalgrl

    animalgrl Chirping

    Jun 7, 2015
    X2 on the Orpingtons and Easter Eggers. I have no experience with barred rocks. My easter eggers have been decent layers, one laying pretty consistently an egg every other day, and my other one laying about 5 days a week. Also, both of my EEs are very quiet, much quieter than my orpington. My orpington is my friendliest bird, and she lays pretty well, between 4 to 6 eggs a week. That said, all chickens are going to scratch and dig and eat plants and dig holes to dust bathe in.
  5. I am getting Faverolles in August. They are cute and rumored to lay pink-ish eggs. I like having few breeds so it's easier to tell them apart.

    Best wishes.
  6. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

    Welcome to BYC! Buff Orpingtons and Easter Eggers are both very common and sweet-natured and good egg layers. I don't have experience with Faverolles but they are said to be sweet natured and docile. Good luck! :)
  7. haneyhippiehens

    haneyhippiehens Hatching

    May 3, 2016
    Palestine, Texas
    For my first chicks I got black Marans and they are sweet birds. When brooding I didn't have a horrible smell like my cornish x. The only problem is they might eat your plants

  8. Weehopper

    Weehopper Songster

    Feb 26, 2015
    I had barred rocks for several years. Really enjoyed them. Very sociable gals. Followed me all over the yard, talking to me all the while. Now I have a New Hampshire who is very friendly, and an EE who mutters (about what, I'm not sure, but mutter she must). My other hens are friendly, but the two, New Hampshire and EE, really stand out.

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