Breed suggestions

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by niroha, Mar 29, 2017.

  1. niroha

    niroha Chirping

    Jul 31, 2013
    Maple Valley, WA
    So I've been wanting to get chickens for many years now and I'm getting very close to circling the target. I'd love to hear some suggestions for breeds that fit my desires and requirements - I bet you guys can give me leads I hadn't even thought about.

    I want a dual purpose breed.
    I want a medium/large size.
    I love color - I only want to get one breed to focus on so a breed that has a rainbow of colors that can intermix without discrimination.
    Docile. I'm currently incubating my own human and don't want jerks. I'm okay culling out the occasional jerk. (hence, dual purpose)
    Reasonably broody. I want roo's and expect chicks.
    Brown eggs preferred but I'm not as firm on that.

    I live in the pacific northwest so my climate is rainy but nothing extreme. Either temperature extremes are pretty uncommon and/or short lived.

    I was looking at BBS orpingtons but I stumbled into some websites for rare, heritage breeds and thought, hmm. I need to do more homework. I found swedish flower hens and the more I read, the more I like. But am open to other suggestions before I commit to purchase the eggs :)

    Thanks all!

  2. chickens r life

    chickens r life Songster

    Apr 13, 2015
    The Golden State
    Hi, I also live on the west coast. I am going to get bbs orpington sometime this year. So obviously I recommend those. I have a Jubilee orpington right now and she is a sweet girl.




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  3. willow5038

    willow5038 In the Brooder

    Apr 1, 2017
    Somewhere in Idaho
    Hello! I live in the north-west, and would 100% recommend ameraucanas if you want to go for color. They are beautiful birds that come in a variety of colors (white, brown, blue, etc.), and the best part is that they lay MULTICOLORED eggs! They also wouldn't mind your climate... I just bought 2 more chicks, and suggest you get some as well :)
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    Icelandic chickens. they come in a rainbow of colors.

  5. niroha

    niroha Chirping

    Jul 31, 2013
    Maple Valley, WA
    The icelandic chicken recommendation is an interesting one. Apparently the landrace breeds appeal to me because Swedish Flower Hens also fall into that category.

    I might have to add some ameraucanas and marans hens just for egg diversity. And their eggs will be easy to tell apart from either of the two breeds mentioned above. Fun!
  6. niroha

    niroha Chirping

    Jul 31, 2013
    Maple Valley, WA
    Today I brought home 5 marans (3 blue copper and 2 splash copper) and 1 welsummer. Might get 1-2 Americaunas this Friday. But still have high hopes for getting the swedish flower hens. I think that's the main breed I'm going to settle on. The eggs are very different so I shouldn't have a problem telling them apart.

    My husband is pretty smitten. This was after he tried to talk me out of it.

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