Breed suggestions!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lalydiafaith, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. lalydiafaith

    lalydiafaith In the Brooder

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    Hey everyone! This is my very first time buying chickens and raising them. I'm looking for a chicken breed that will fit my needs perfectly (or close to it). They need to be Backyard friendly meaning they don't need a ton of space, good in Hot and cold, and friendly in general. I want them mainly for pets and eggs. But eggs are not my top priority. I was looking into Silkies or some type of Orpington. I would greatly appreciate suggestions! And i would like to know some breeds that go well together because i'm interested in getting two types. I'm only allowed to get 4 chickens. And i would like to buy them as chicks. I also appreciate tips and tricks on raising chickens/chicks. Thanks!
     
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  2. chickencheeper

    chickencheeper Crowing

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    Buff orpingtons, and some type of Brahma
     
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  3. cholland

    cholland Songster

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    Australorps and an Easter egger for color.
     
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  4. chickencheeper

    chickencheeper Crowing

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    I was gonna suggest EEs too! They’re great
     
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  5. chickbrad24

    chickbrad24 Songster

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    ×2 Orpingtons and Brahmas, are both perfect friendly chickens. They come in a variety of beautiful colors and are both hot and cold hardy.
     
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  6. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Hi, welcome to BYC! :frow

    Unfortunately I can recommend AGAINST both buff Orpington and Silkies for the needs you state. They are KNOWN to be too broody and that means no eggs.

    I will highly recommend Barred Rock (or other variety) and Easter Eggers. Possibly Australorp or Speckled Sussex.

    I have raised many many breeds and the first two I mentioned are among my faves. Easter eggers area mixed bag of personality and looks and everyday makes me feel like a child again when I collect the eggs. Rocks are solid, good all around birds in my experience both laying and personality. I also like having a variety of eye candy on pasture and in the egg basket. It helps to easily tell them apart and who is laying and if anyone might be having issues a bit easier than if you've got all one breed. Also helps spread out when they will molt or for how long. ;)

    Here are a couple links with some breed comparison charts...
    https://livestockconservancy.org/images/uploads/docs/pickachicken.pdf

    http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html

    Enjoy the adventure! :wee :pop

    ETA: Wyandotte aren't my first choice but you might also enjoy those. All mentioned are readily available at many feed stores.
     
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  7. lalydiafaith

    lalydiafaith In the Brooder

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    Hi! Thanks for the feedback and information. I'm still trying to figure all this stuff out lol. I'll look into those breeds! Especially the Easter eggers because a lot of people have recommended those.
     
  8. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

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    x10 orpingtons!
     
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  9. jennajolynne

    jennajolynne Chirping

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    My Australorp is the friendliest. I have a small backyard flock and she thrived in the brutal NY winter and she lays just about every day. Whenever she sees me in the sliding glass door, she comes running looking for treats.
     
  10. jennajolynne

    jennajolynne Chirping

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    Oh and I forgot to mention, I had one silkie and she didn’t do well with the cold. Any sort of draft into the coop leaves them soaking wet and miserable. They are so cute but also easily bullied by other breeds. I kindly gave her to a friend with only bantams.
     

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