Chicken Help!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by FarmerBoyChicks, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. FarmerBoyChicks

    FarmerBoyChicks In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2015
    Hello everyone,
    I am a beginning chicken (and back to basics) enthusiast. I am looking for any advice and help on choosing a good breed of chickens. I live in a northern climate, so I am looking for some cold hardy chickens. Also, I am looking into generally dual-purpose birds, leaning on the egg production side, but I am very lax about this. Some options that I have been looking into are: Sussex, Delaware, Austrolorp, and (maybe) Plymouth Rock. I am also very open to any tips and advice that anyone could give.
    Thanks a lot!
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2015
  2. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
    BYC? Epic <3
    My Coop
    [​IMG]Welocme to BYC!!! It is an aweosme forum (the BEST in the world) and has a great comminity!!! Hope you have a great time and learn A LOT!

    Go to the learning centre, and you will find a HUGE amount of tips and help!
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! As for breeds, Here are a couple of links to some nice chicken breed comparison charts you might like and when you have narrowed down your choices, don't forget to check the BYC Reviews section for member reviews on the different breeds. another idea is to and check out your state thread for what breeds people in your area are having success with breed wise. All four of the breeds you are thinking about are good choices, Wyandottes are another you might want to add to the list, I have found mine to be very good cold weather layers, and you can't go wrong with a couple of Easter Eggers, those colored eggs are always fun.
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Great advice and links there for you from Kelsie so I will just say Hi and wish you the very best of luck with your choice of breed.
    Hooe you enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat, I am sure you will :frow
  5. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined us at the Backyard chickens flock [​IMG]
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided join to our flock. Those are all very cold hardy breeds that lay well. Australorps are especially prolific layers. They are all also docile breeds. My children made lap pets of our Australorps and Sussex. If high egg production is a priority, a hybrid you might want to consider is the Black Sex Links (Black Star), which is a cold hardy and friendly, egg laying machine. I've raised Black Sex Links for years (along with dozens of other breeds, including all those on your list), and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out more than 300 eggs per hen per year. I've been especially impressed with how persistent they have continued to lay in really cold weather. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Whatever breeds you decide to get, good luck with your flock.
  9. 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.

    I would suggest buff orpingtons, black australorps, barred rocks, wyandottes and sussex. They are all very cold hardy, great layers, good for meat and are generally friendly and docile.

    Good luck and glad you joined!
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock".

    Kelsie2290's given you some good links to take a look at. The breeds that you've chosen should work out well. I would strongly recommend the Wyandotte, too. Mine have been very good layers, extremely cold hardy, quite docile and gentle birds.

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