Best breeds for the city? (pick more than 1)+ what have you kept?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by GardeNerd, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. Ameraucana (pure bred/ not hatchery Easter Egger)

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  2. Australorp

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  3. Black Star or Black Sex linked

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  4. Brahma

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  5. Cochin

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  6. Delaware

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  7. Easter Egger

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  8. Gold Comet

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  9. Jersey Giant

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  10. Marans

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  11. New Hampshire Red

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  12. Orpington

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  13. Plymouth Barred Rock

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  14. Red Star or Red Sex linked

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  15. Rhode Island Red

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  16. Salmon Faverolle

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  17. Speckled Sussex

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  18. Welsummer

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  19. Wyandotte (Silver Laced)

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  20. Wyandotte (Gold Laced)

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  1. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    POLL: Not counting Roosters, since here in the city they are illegal anyway, from your personal experience, What chicken breeds would you recommend for a tiny city flock of 4 to 6 hens? Pick more than one if you want.


    COMMENT:
    If you live close to neighbors, what breeds have you kept without any problems? Are there any breeds you would NEVER get again?


    I live in the city on a small urban lot, close to neighbors so this would be really helpful information come time to order the baby chicks. My neighbors thought I was nuts when I started with chickens, but now there are two other houses with them on the street, another house a few streets away with hens, and one more house buying chicks this spring (and wants input from me.) I have already told her "Not to get Leghorns." Since we can only have a limited number of chickens, they need to be consistent layers. My neighbor wants to get four to five pullets.

    Order of importance:
    1. Quiet
    2. Good layer
    3. Friendly/ okay with kids
    4. Large Eggs
    5. Not flighty
    6. Easy to care for
    7. Not difficult to sex at an early age/ can be ordered as pullets only
    8. Not very hard to come by/ not rare



    I know I asked something similar before in another poll. Sorry. But I could not add more voting options to the thread about noisy breeds, thus, allowing you to pick multiple choices. As a result, the Leghorn choice was the main one selected as noisy and not much else. There are still only a limited number of spots for me to fill in poll choices. *Therefore, I narrowed it down to breeds generally considered to be the better egg layers, breeds without the reputation of being pretty noisy, breeds that are not just good for pets, and are available through most hatcheries or feed stores, and can be sorted at hatch by gender. I know there are more good breeds out there, but they didn't fit in the form. Put them in the comment section! Thanks for the help!
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2010
  2. possumqueen

    possumqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Speckled Sussex. Got them from Murray McMurray, and you can get them pullets only if you want.

    They're very quiet, they lay eggs like the dickens, they're gorgeous! And they're friendly and calm.

    I don't have them now. I'll be getting Old English Game Bantams this spring, just hens. I, too, live in town, and space is a premium. I've heard from BYCers that they're also quiet, friendly, and lay eggs reliably. I like how they come in a rainbow of colors.[​IMG]
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Buff Orpingtons.
     
  4. SunAngel

    SunAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    I chose Black Sex Link and Welsummer.

    The Welsummer for neat darker eggs and mine lays every day. Plus she is quiet and sweet. My Black Sex Link (which I traded to a friend) was also sweet and quiet (definitely moreso than any of my Red Sex Links) and she also lays daily and big eggs!

    I put in another order for 2 more Speckled Sussex, I lost mine and have missed her ever since. She was super sweet and really quiet, but she didn't make it to laying age, so I can't comment on that part.

    Ohhh I forgot Buff Orpingtons. They are quiet and calm and good layers.

    My dumb white Leghorn, while nicer than most, thinks that all parts of my hands contain treats. She is always biting the skin on the back of my hand if I don't get the treats to her quick enough!
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2010
  5. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    I picked Easter Egger, Buff Orpington, and Barred Rock.

    My BR has only taken about 6 days off since she started laying in July. She talks softly whenever I am out in the yard, but I wouldn't call her noisy. If all BRs are like her, it is a good city breed.
     
  6. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    I have got to follow this thread, though I'm not in the city, it should deliver quite intersting results.
     
  7. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Easter Eggers!
     
  8. coopaloop

    coopaloop Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Agreed. All three are easy to take care of, fun, easy to come by, quiet and good looking chickens. All are great egg layers as well. Great beginner chickens.
     
  9. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Even if you aren't in the city, do you have any recommendations for good urban breeds? [​IMG] Thanks!
     
  10. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    Quote:Even if you aren't in the city, do you have any recommendations for good urban breeds? [​IMG] Thanks!

    Yes! I would suggest: Orpingtons, Faverolloes and BR, I think BR's could be a little loud but not as bad as some breeds.
     

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