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Breed recommendations

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by delly1984, Dec 22, 2015.

  1. delly1984

    delly1984 New Egg

    Dec 20, 2015
    Hi All,
    At the moment we have 2 lovely silkie hens and are looking at adding to our little brood. We aren't too fussed about good egg layers. But would like friendly, docile breed.
    I'd love some breed recommendations. Thanks in advance
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
  3. RunamuckRanch

    RunamuckRanch New Egg

    Dec 22, 2015
    Personally, I like Orpingtons but any breed can be gentled by early handling. It is normal to establish pecking order sometimes on a daily basis and can be seen as aggression. Only a problem when it gets bloody. Birds can get aggressive when they feel threatened.
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Breeds other than Silkies that have a well deserved reputation for being calm and gentle (good lap pets) include Australorps, Faverolles, Orpingtons, Cochins, Sussex, and Brahmas. Keep in mind though that there can always be an exception with any breed. If egg production is a priority, Australorps are the best layers on this list. Whatever breed you decide to get, good luck with your flock.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2015
  5. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 14, 2015
    Northern Colorado
    My silkies get along the best with the bantam Cochins. They're about the same size too, so Batman can have some extra hens since he's too small to get the job done with the bigger girls lol. ;)

    My bantam Cochin hen was the best broody so far, too, and super friendly, as well as her chicks, by far the favorite chicken :)

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