chicken breed

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by taffy, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. taffy

    taffy Hatching

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    Hi, I presently have about 60 laying hens, mainly Isa Browns with a few red Rock Cross, the rocks are picking on the Isa's, so will have to go.
    What I am wondering is, what breed of chicken should I be looking for.
    I live in Northern B.C, Canada, so cold winters, muddy break-up spring ground. So I need a clean limbed chicken, one that is a reliable layer, I have a lot of egg customers, so brown eggs preferably, tolerates cold well, I do heat my coops in the winter, and is nice to look at. Been looking at Wyandottes.
    Anyone have any suggestions, and I have to be able to find a breeder near me.
    Cheers...
    Thanks
     
  2. taffy

    taffy Hatching

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    sorry , how do I change the computer generated password to something I might remember?
    Thanks.
     
  3. Reyvaughn

    Reyvaughn Songster

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    I live in Pennsylvania and it sounds like our winters and springs are about the same (well, yours are more than likely a bit more harsh). After my research, I'm looking at Wyandottes, Barred Rock, Speckled Sussex, Black Ausrtalorps, Delawares and Orpingtons. If combs getting frost bite worry you, get a smaller combed breed.

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    You can change your password in the "Profile" section of the forum. [​IMG]
     
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  4. I love my wyandottes (all hatchery stock) but I must say the blue laced red are my favorite not just for looks, but temperment. They are so sweet and mellow. The columbians are my least favorite, they are scrawney and flighty and don't like to lay where they should and are frequently going broody in spring, but failing to hatch anything. I think the gold laced are the sturdiest and most predator resistant- I have never lost one. The silver penciled seem to get sick the most Silver laced I can't say much about... mine all turned out to be boys.
    As for laying, I get about the average they say to expect, but its way up in spring and way down in winter, even stopping for a few weeks. But then again, I don't light them.
     
  5. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms

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  6. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

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  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  8. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Quote:"I think the gold laced are the sturdiest and most predator resisant." Really?
     
  9. feather and mountain man

    feather and mountain man Corn fed Indiana farmgirl

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    Hello from Indiana

    I think the black australorps would do well for you.
     
  10. Ema

    Ema Songster

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    [​IMG] fellow Canadian, [​IMG] I hope you are enjoying BYC and Glad you joined us.

    I am from Northern Ontario,

    Ema
     

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