breed suggestions; docile layers

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Out of the 3 breeds you are considering, I've only had the Sussex in my mixed flock. They are sweet-tempered birds and I enjoy them. No matter what breed you decided to go with, spending time with your birds is key to making them people friendly and tame.

Good luck to you and if you have questions, always feel free to ask.
 

sunflour

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Glad you have joined us.

I have no experience with any but Barred Rocks and Buff Orps, but here's a link to some breed descriptions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds


There's also breed info on some of BYC sponsor sites that can help you with the decision.


But adding a warning on breed characteristics, in my experience with just a few chickens, the breed characteristics are only a tendency, and each chicken will demonstrate their own unique personality.
 
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Michael OShay

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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Breeds that have a well deserved reputation for being calm and gentle (potential lap pets) and good layers include Australorps, Orpingtons, Brahmas, Sussex, and Faverolles. If high egg production is a priority, Australorps are the best layers on this list. Whatever breeds you decide to get, good luck with your flock.
 
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