best breed

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jadude, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. jadude

    jadude Songster

    May 22, 2008
    i want to get chickens to raise through the winter and i want a really good brown egg producer what should i get
  2. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    Im not sure what breed would be cold hardy.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    The one considered the very best of the purebreeds would be the Rhode Island Red or Barred Plymouth Rock is right up there, too. If you dont care that it's a hybrid, a black sexlink or red or gold sexlink would be your pick.
    EDITED TO ADD: those are all considered cold hardy birds, the purebreds a bit more than the sexlinks, which tend to be smaller in body, generally.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2008
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    I have all 3 of the above mentioned breeds, those would be what I'd reccomend also. [​IMG]
  5. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Wyandotts are good winter birds and they lay a nice brown egg. You might want to look at black australorps as well
  6. Vcomb

    Vcomb Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    South Dakota
    My Coop
    i'm pretty sure they lay brown eggs - Chanteclars - they were developed in Canada, so they can take cold weather.
  7. herechickchick

    herechickchick Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    Rhode Island Reds are GREAT and there is a Rose Combed variety that is just stunning. I would also consider the Wyandotte. They are nice and do very well in the winter.
  8. mistylady

    mistylady Songster

    Jun 1, 2008
    Ohio near Coshocton
    Dominiques are cold hardy, good layers, good mommies, friendly and very pretty! You want a breed with little or no comb. Like the Dominique!
  9. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    My favorite bird for cold weather is cochins but they don't lay as well as the RIR or any of the others. Our welsummer is a good layer and lays REALLY brown eggs, i got them at a year and 1/2 and my friend said they were running around in the snow and did great. She is laying me 5 eggs a week right now on average.
  10. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    Buff orps are said to be good winter hardy chickens and good winter layers too. I hope so - I have 5!

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