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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Harmon_7, Feb 2, 2008.
What is a good breed to get if you are going to let them roam?
Do you want eggs? Do you want meat? Do you want friendly chickens? What color?
Not sure exactly what you mean by 'roam'.
I have Barred Rocks, RIR, and NHRs. All are great at foraging (although I also leave layer pellets free choice 24/7). They aren't great flyers, though, so might not be so good if you have a lot of ground predators?
Bantams are supposed to be great flyers, though. Not sure if that will influence your decision or not
And of course, IMHO it's important to provide shelter, even if you let them free range all of the time.
Good luck picking.. there are so many kinds (and in my henhouse, not nearly enough space for all 7,251 breeds..)
i want eggs and friendly...color doesnt matter.... Roam= i am just going to let them free in my yard. I will have a cop where the feed and water will be and the nesting boxes but other wise the door will be wide open for them to run...
try this http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson
then click on chickens and you will see all the different charecteristics of different breeds........I would stay away from white because Hawks can see them well,,,, and I would stay away from Polish because they cant see too well....Hope that helps
I would avoid white chickens, they can't hide from predators, and I would avoid silkies and polish and other chickens with big poofy hair, they can't see well. RIR, Dominiques and sex links are hardy, good personality and good foragers.
Are you ready for the list.. lol
American Game Bantam
There are many others. That's just a few
Arent those just a list of t he breeds? I know them but i was just wondering what is best?
no. that is a list of good free roaming breeds. Trust me. There are TONS more.