Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sdetwiler333, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. sdetwiler333

    sdetwiler333 In the Brooder

    Aug 31, 2014
    Warsaw, IN
    I live in northern Indiana, and was looking at some of the breeds at MacMurrays. I'm thinking about starting with Either R.I. Reds , New Hampshire Reds , or Barred Rocks. These three seem to meet my desire for dual purpose birds, layers and meat. Any feed back is welcome.
  2. annbrdg

    annbrdg Hatching

    Aug 17, 2014
    I live in Mid Michigan - have had Barred Rocks, currently have two young ones, my hens were killed by a critter a year ago but prior to they were good layers. The Rocks are hardy birds.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC. I am not familiar with any of those breeds but, if you go to "where am I, where are you," in the social forum - you can locate and post on your state thread. Very likely you will find chicken people near you. You may be able to find those breeds locally, so you would save them the ordeal of shipping, and could also see before buying and know what you are getting.
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Those are great breeds!! Barred rocks are great layers and are very friendly. RIRs tend to be a little more aggressive but are extremely good layers. New hampshires also are more aggressive but are great layers.

    You may also want to look into buff orpingtons and black australorps. They are great layers and dual purpose. And they are extremely affectionate and sweet.

    Good luck and glad you joined!
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  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I have had all of those breeds at one time or another over the past 50 years and between those three, I would go with the Barred Rocks. The RIRs will slightly outlay them, but are sometimes aggressive (especially the roosters). Barred Rocks are more docile than either RIRs or NHRs. Other dual purpose breeds which are calm and gentle that you might want to consider are Black Australorps (very calm and the best layers of the standard brown egg laying breeds; a BA holds the brown egg laying record with 364 eggs in 365 days), Buff Orpingtons (very friendly and beautiful, and they will have more meat on them than the 3 breeds on your list), and Speckled Sussex (very friendly and beautiful dual-purpose birds). Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
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  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    All of the breeds you mentioned will certainly be good egg layers, with a moderately sized carcass when they're laying days are over. Should serve your purposes nicely.

    Other breeds I might suggest include Wyandottes, Orpingtons, and Australorps.
  8. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chirping

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.
  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Just this year I raised a batch of Barred Rock chicks and I am very happy with them. Very friendly breed and they are now nearing 5 months old. They are will be laying soon as well. Very pleased with this breed. :)

    Enjoy what ever breed you choose to keep and welcome to our flock!
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    You've received some excellent suggestions so far!

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