breeds and space?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by questions543, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. questions543

    questions543 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello im just a beginner and im planning to get chickens and have already done some research.
    My area will only allow me to have 5 chickens so I would like the breed to have the maximum egg production, my choices are buff orpington, australorp, plymouth rock, welsummer, rhode island red and wyandotte. Is one generally easier to keep than the others/

    Also at the momment im designing the run and coop. I would like the happiest chickens possible, How much space should I give to each hen to have super happy hens? :p
     
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  2. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2011
    On a little Farm.
    All of those breeds are alost identical for behavioural traits. The RIRs are probably slightly flightier, though. For a run, birds should be given a minimum of 8ft square per bird, but the morer the merrier! Welcome to BYC!
     
  3. questions543

    questions543 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks! does
    one breed lay more eggs than another?
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Yes:
    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    To answer your original question, leghorns lay more than any other breed. The world record for an individual bird, however is by an australorp.

    I would not call RIR flighty, aggressive is a term I would use, though. Of the breeds you listed, plymouth rock would win out hands down.
     
  5. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2011
    On a little Farm.
    I agree, PRs are great. As far as I know, they have a wider variety range than the other breeds you listed (Buff, White, Barred, Cuckoo, Partridge, Gold Partridge, (B-B-S)-laced Red, Red, Columbian, Black, Gold Quill, and Dark, to name most of them). I would consider them, along with the New Hamshire gold, to be the largest breed that lays well. Wyandottes, Orpingtons, etc. don't lay to well anymore (unless you can find a properly bred strain, which is hard to find nowadays), so I would say PR is the best bet for you. They are also calm.
     
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    New Hampshire "Gold" ?
    There is no such breed.


    Chris
     
  7. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2011
    On a little Farm.
    I didn't mean that's what the breed was named. But that's the breeds only color. A huge number of people incorrectly call them Red.
     
  8. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    You certainly are full of ..........................information.
     
  9. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

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