Breeding for the Ideal Homestead Chicken

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BarredBuff, Dec 29, 2010.

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  1. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey guys! This not a project (per say) but merely a goal. The self reliance is why I have chickens and I need a little input.

    The Traits I want in these birds

    Rose Combs
    Cold Hardy
    Excellent Egg Layer
    Winter Egg Layer
    Large Size (about orp size)
    Broody

    Breeds that I think should be in the cross

    Dominiques
    Orpingtons
    Australorps
    Partridge Rock
    Orp/RIR

    Any other suggestions or input?
     
  2. grandmaof5

    grandmaof5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buckeyes?
     
  3. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Throw in some wyandotte, cold hardy, broody, large, and rosecombed!
     
  4. txcarl1258

    txcarl1258 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My thoughts exactly. [​IMG]


    ETA: Don't know if you want feathered legs, but what about some LF Cochins.
     
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  5. maizey

    maizey Chillin' With My Peeps

    just curious.. why the rosecomb?
     
  6. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    Have you considered using Chanteclers at all? They were specifically made for cold Canadian winters.
     
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  7. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They are hardier from what I have read. I may add chanteclers, but not Buckeyes, Im not a fan of them.
     
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I'd suggest Orpington for broody, size and egg laying: Australorp for broody, egg laying, and winter egg laying: and either Chantecler, Buckeye, or Wyandotte for comb. All should be cold hardy. If you are not that worried about comb, I'd go with Orpington and Australorp only and forget all the others.
     
  9. augustmomx2

    augustmomx2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They don't have rosecombs... but my Speckled Sussex girls are VERY cold-hardy. They are the only ones that go tromping through the snow that reaches up to their bellies [​IMG] Plus they are consistent layers and super-friendly.
     
  10. Georgia Boy 1970

    Georgia Boy 1970 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Games and silkies would be good for broodiness.And a cross of the two should make some good setting machines. I have just hatched some 3/4 polish 1/4 buff orpington chicks and I was very suprised that the chicks are so large. Good luck on your breeding project you should have lots of colors with all those breeds blended in.
     
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