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Breeds that are good as pets

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Meggie, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. Meggie

    Meggie Hatching

    Dec 13, 2008
    I'm considering getting chickens as pets, and I'm not sure what breeds would make good pets. Also, is the only difference between bantams and regular chickens the size? Thanks! [​IMG]

  2. paduanchook

    paduanchook Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    McDavid Florida
    silkies and cochins are like the fuzzy little lap dogs, cuddly friendly but need a little extra care in some cases. im sure there are more but thats the ones im familiar with. silkies are walking incubators so keep that in mind. they live to be mommies.
  3. Silkies are supposed to make good pets, although I find that males have a habbit of being aggressive, as my current Silkie roo has attacked me in the past. Polish chickens are also good pets.

    Bantams are small chickens, that can be up to 1/4 the size of it's Standard sized counter-part, if it has one. For example, Silkies, I believe, only come in banty size. I think.

    Bantams lay smaller eggs than Standard sized birds, but I find that banties eat less. The small size also makes them a good selection for indoor pets.

    My Polish and Silkie hens are my favorite for pets. They're very friendly, even though my Polish can't see as well. [​IMG]
  4. hcammack

    hcammack Crowing

    Oct 5, 2007
    My Large Fowl Marans and Faverolles are very friendly docile and sweet chickens and both have been laying well this winter for me an egg a day from the Faverolle and so far and Egg a day from my cuckoo Marans hen [​IMG]
  5. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    If you raise them right, they all are!
  6. newbie coops

    newbie coops In the Brooder

    Jun 20, 2008
    Northern New England
    Quote:Cochins will follow you everywhere and are very, very friendly and affectionate. Plus, they're cute, with those feathers down to their toes...
  7. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    its funny since most of the places I researched said that birds that have a lot of plumage on their heads are more skiddish but based on what I have been reading on BYC that does not seem to be the case.

  8. JustChicky

    JustChicky Songster

    Feb 14, 2008
    East Texas
    Quote:You're right.

    I had some roos that I was a little scared of, so I started treating them like the others that were nice to me, instead of shooing them away and now I have a new friend, his name is 'Sid' as in Sid Vicious. The other 2 are coming along (they bug eachother more than anyone) and I swear the last one has half a chicken brain, poor thing, he zeros in on the other roos vents [​IMG]

    Anyway, I mostly have Dominiques and they are all sweet even the roosters. My Pretty Boy dances all around me [​IMG] this is him...

  9. FrizzleFreak

    FrizzleFreak Songster

    My experience with Polishes is that they are really good flyers but are also really skittish. Not a good combo. [​IMG]
    Silkies are nice, but unless you want eighteen thousand of them try not to get a roo.
    Cochins are the best! They are cuddly, sweet, and affectionate. Mine like to sit on my shoulders. They also come in tons of colors, so they can be really interesting birds.
    <diggin my new avatar>
  10. meriruka

    meriruka Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    I vote silkies. They seem to handle boredom well and don't really wander far.......

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