Breeds for Family with Young Boys Just Starting in Colder Climate (PA)

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by kls1648, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. kls1648

    kls1648 New Egg

    Feb 15, 2013
    Hi! I am about to order my first batch of chickens for our family since I was a little girl!

    I'm wondering, what's the best type of breeds for a family with 2 young boys (4 and 2) that are good egg layers and hardy during the winter time? We are looking to get about 6 or 7 chickens.

    Thank you!!

  2. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2011
    Indiana, PA
    I have a variety but I would say my favorites so far are my 2 Speckled Sussexs they are super friendly and curious about everything!
  3. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2009
    Ashtabula, Ohio
    I prefer birds with smaller combs, as they are less likely to suffer from frostbite. Good breeds that follow your requirements, are Ameraucanas, Bredas, Buckeyes, Chanteclers, Dominiques, Easter Eggers, Russian Orloffs, and Wyandottes.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2013
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    western PA
    My Coop
    Are the kids going to show them? if so, there are a bunch of wonderful poultry breeders in PA. I am in Ligonier. The American Poultry association is located in Burgettstown. Why not buy from a breeder? There are probably several you can drive to and pick up chicks. What I did was to surf on over to "Henderson's chicken chart" online.
    Look up the breeds that meet your needs. You will see how that is possible when you see the chart. Once you have picked out your breed, contact the American Poultry Association
    ( or the national breed Club for that breed ) and ask them for a list of breeders in your area. Check the Member's Resources page for info.
    here's another idea. This is the Judge's Directory By State. Forms/APA judges by State - Finished.pdf
    Take a look at PA and once you have picked out your breed, contact the Judges and ask them if they know of anyone in your area who has that breed. Poultry people like to help each other.
    The hatchery chicks and breeders' chicks are like night and day. While the hatchery chicks may lay more in the short run, the breeders' birds also lay steadily but for a much longer time. If the kids decide to show, they will have better results with a breeder's birds which should be bred to the Standard. I have Light Sussex, bred to the Standard, and love them. One of my girls is out in the coop right now sitting on eggs.
    Best Regards,
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2013
  5. bb livestock

    bb livestock Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2013
    lacona iowa
    orpingtons,cochins and brahmas
  6. kls1648

    kls1648 New Egg

    Feb 15, 2013
    Thanks for your response! What color eggs do the sussexs lay?
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2013
  7. kls1648

    kls1648 New Egg

    Feb 15, 2013
    Thanks so much for all this great info!

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