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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SeanBlack, Jan 29, 2013.
What breed should i get i need one that is good in winter (Irish) and is a good egg layer
I'm a huge fan of red sex links--Cinnamon Queens, Red Stars, Golden Buffs--whatever your hatchery decides to call them. They may not be a "breed" per se, but I really love mine. Quiet and calm, and tons and tons of giant eggs.
For a more heritage breed, I like Barred Rocks. Rocks are pretty, lay well through the winter, and are good eating.
I have a true dislike of Buff Orpingtons (they never did lay well, and they ate a ton, and never went broody which is their claim to fame, and had no personality) but many people will probably suggest them.
Ya ive read that about the buffs an what about rhode island reds
Reds are good and so are barred.
I've had Rhode Island Red and New Hampshire Reds. Didn't like either breed. Both were very flighty--worse than my Leghorns, even--and they didn't lay anywhere NEAR as well as my sex-links do.
I keep a RIR rooster, because he makes sex-links with my Barred Rocks and Columbian Wyandottes, but I'm not going to get any more RIR hens. In fact, I sold those hens when they were less than a year old, now that I think about it. I guess I REALLY didn't like them.