Breeds suitable for free ranging

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by FarmerMurray, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. FarmerMurray

    FarmerMurray Out Of The Brooder

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    I am considering free ranging some birds on my farm in addition to the birds I keep enclosed and was curious to which breeds are most suitable for survival free ranging.
     
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Are you looking for just laying free ranging breeds or Dual Purpose free ranging breeds?
     
  3. FarmerMurray

    FarmerMurray Out Of The Brooder

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    At the moment I am more focused on laying hens and dual purpose birds.
     
  4. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Here are some good ones:
    Barred Rocks
    Buff Orpingtons
    Australorps
    Easter Eggers
    Wyandottes
     
  5. FarmerMurray

    FarmerMurray Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. I like the idea of looking outside and seeing chickens roaming free.
     
  6. Eggmachine11

    Eggmachine11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most of all birds can free range,but there are only a a lot little who lay well.

    Most hybrid chickens lay better then other no crosses.
    Red sexlinks are very good chickens for pure egg production,and are very docile.Black sex links are as well good for , pure egg production,and very docile.Unlike you would think,Production reds are hybrid I know how much they lay per year mainly because I have them,but I research too.They lay 200 to 280 per year,and are a great chicken pet.
     
  7. FarmerMurray

    FarmerMurray Out Of The Brooder

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    I have some cinnamon hens coming in March that are hybrids for laying purposes I am mostly looking to get some more "adventurous" breeds to free rage outside ad my chicken enclosure just for ornamental value.
     
  8. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Games - American or Old English - would be my first choice. They are hardy, range well and the hens make excellent mothers. A Mediterranean breed could be a second choice depending on your climate.
     
  9. Eggmachine11

    Eggmachine11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :D

    Cinnamon queens are red sex links,good luck!
     
  10. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it has been my experience that the color of the hen can play a big part in her survival free ranging. I would stay away from white.
     
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