Chicken choices?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by MojoWorkin, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. MojoWorkin

    MojoWorkin Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 3, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Ok I am thinking about getting some chickens. Here are the breeds I am considering:

    Buff Orpington

    New Hampshire Red

    Also, I'm interested in Sex Links -- such as "red star", "golden buff", "gingernut ranger", etc etc. (but I have a hard time telling what the difference is between these? Are they basically the same but called different things by different breeders/hatcherys?)

    We can only have about 3 chickens. I would like them for eggs. I would like them to be good-natured and tame. I would also like them to be cold hardy and be able to live in a coop/run during the long winters (I could let them free range for a few hours per day during good weather).

    I'd like them to be pretty. :)

    What would you choose and why?
  2. Bex

    Bex Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 12, 2008
    I personally think Buff Orpingtons are so pretty. I want some, but I haven't found any near by.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I like my sexlinks. You're right about the name thing. Just different names for each hatcheries stock crosses. Same in principal. If you want eggs, BO's may be nice, although behavior depends on strain and attention given, but they have a tendency to set on eggs. Setting = no eggs for about 2 months in addition to winter if you don't break them early in their setting stages.

    If you are limited to 3, and they are pets, and you don't want to risk roos in a city setting and having to find them homes, sexlinks are very useful.

    BUMPKIN Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 18, 2008
    Southeast Louisiana
    I have found that if you want eggs, the sex links are hard to beat. The black ones are really pretty with gold sprinkled around their necks & sometimes on the breast. The reds are pretty much jst a rusty red, but they do lay. Buff orps don't usually lay as heavily.[​IMG]
  5. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    I have to agree with BUMPKIN. If I wanted them just for layers and pets, black sex links are pretty much a #1. They lay great and are good natured as well as pretty to look at. Buff and New Hampshires do not seem to lay quite as many eggs in my opinion.
    I am sure there are those who would disagree but this has been my personal observation through the years.
  6. sloallie10

    sloallie10 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    If you were me i would want a buff orp, wyandotte, and ee

    But if i were you i would want a bo, red star, and black star
  7. Chicken Salad

    Chicken Salad Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 6, 2008
    Frederick, Maryland
    Quote:Yo MojoWorkin,

    You and I seem to be in nearly the same boat...I can have four chickens and I'm looking at the very same breeds (okay, okay - so I'm hiding the spreadsheet I did on the breeds...that doesn't make me obsessed...well, not much.) I want them good-natured, cold-hardy, eggers, and pretty. I added a criteria for them not to be broody so that pretty much let the BuffOrps out. From what I've learned...the sex links are a somewhat smaller bird so that your feed:egg ratio is a tad better. They are also said to lay well into winter. So - that's my book-learnin for ya.

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