chickens?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Harmon_7, Feb 2, 2008.

  1. Harmon_7

    Harmon_7 Out Of The Brooder

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    What is a good breed to get if you are going to let them roam?
     
  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Do you want eggs? Do you want meat? Do you want friendly chickens? What color?
     
  3. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2007
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    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 [​IMG]

    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..)

    Meghan
     
  4. Harmon_7

    Harmon_7 Out Of The Brooder

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    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...
     
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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  6. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    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
     
  7. peepkeeper

    peepkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  8. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    Okay.
    Are you ready for the list.. lol

    Ancona
    Andalusian
    Aracaucana
    Campine
    Catalana
    Chantecler
    Dominique
    Fayoumi
    Hamburg
    Lakenvelder
    Leghorn
    Maran
    Minorca
    Penedesenca
    RIR
    RIW
    Welsummer
    Brahma
    Buckeye
    Delaware
    Dorking
    Faverolle
    Holland
    Iowa Blue
    Java
    New Hampshire
    Orpington
    Sussex
    Wyandottes
    American Game Bantam
    Appenzeller
    Bearded d'Uccle
    Cochins
    Crevecoeur
    Cubalaya
    Houdan
    Japanese Bantams
    Kraienkoppe
    La Fleche
    Langshan
    Manx Rumpy
    Naked Neck
    Nankin
    Redcap
    Sicilian Buttercup
    Silkies
    Sultan
    White-Faced Spanish

    There are many others. That's just a few [​IMG]
     
  9. Harmon_7

    Harmon_7 Out Of The Brooder

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    Arent those just a list of t he breeds? I know them but i was just wondering what is best?
     
  10. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2008
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    no. that is a list of good free roaming breeds. Trust me. There are TONS more.
     

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