Can you help me?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Coco Rae, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. Coco Rae

    Coco Rae Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 23, 2012
    I am still trying to decide what breed to get. I am new to the whole chicken thing. :D Which breed do you think I should get? The Australorp or the Barnevelder? I live in New Mexico so it gets cold but it also gets VERY hot!!
    Thanks for your help,
    Coco Rae
    P.S. Also I would like to get the breed that is most snuggly. I don't really want a shy chicken.
    Thanks again.
  2. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    Well I think the Orpington is the best bird to have, It gets close to 100deg. here in NC. & tonight it is about 16deg. & once you get your hands on them they calm down verry good, good luck.
  3. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2012
    Between Barnevelder and Austalorp, I would definitely choose the Australorp. They are very excellent producers and are friendly. Most importantly in your area is that they are cold AND hot hardy so they do good in almost any condition. Here is a hatchery they has charts for each breed of bird. Example: type in Australorp in the search box, click on the correct breed, scroll down and look at the hardiness, egg quality, producing, docile or aggressive, etc.
  4. Manningjw

    Manningjw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our Australorp is probably the most friendly and also confident hen in our flock - she has chased off our Boston Terrier when it was trying to harass the chickens. According to what I read they are supposed to be heat tolerant which doesn't make any sense to me being large and black. If it doesn't get terribly hot, our Red Star is the most productive and docile hen of our flock. She isn't much for cuddling but she isn't flighty either.

    Leghorns would be good in heat I imagine.
  5. Coco Rae

    Coco Rae Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 23, 2012
    Thank you everyone. I'm very excited to get chickens. So both of these breeds sound pretty good then. This is very good to know.
    Thanks to all!:D
    Coco Rae

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