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Choosing a breed

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Stormhorse23, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    I had chickens for a while and had to sell them because I wanted to free range and my poor little silkies and sebright mixes wouldn't survive in the the great outdoors (which they hated). [​IMG]

    So what is a good breed to free range? I am looking to get about 20 chickens. Egg layers. Color isn't important. They will be put back up at night (ideas on getting them trained to do this?) and VERY hardy in the winter and the heat.

    Ideas? Thank you!

  2. jeb251

    jeb251 Songster

    Mar 24, 2009
    Fort Wayne
    I would say sex links, and as far as training them to go back in the coop, just leave them in the coop/run for about a week, they should come there to lay and will come to roost.
  3. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

    May 15, 2010
    Quote:Diddo. I have some Cinnamon Queens that I have recently allowed to free range (they are two months old). They are doing awesome and you can't beat a sex linked for lots of yummy eggs.
  4. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    Cool. I think I'll definitely get half Sex links.

    Do RIRs do well in winters? I had some and they were so mean but gorgeous. I would love to do 10 Sex links and 10 RIRs.
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    How about some Plymouth Rock - Barred, aka: Barred Rocks? They're a great heritage layer in the dual-purpose category.
  6. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    lol you guys have me making a list. I think I decided against the sex links and would prefer to do 10 RIRs and 10 Rhode island whites.

    Has anyone had problems with comb frostbite on combs in these guys?
  7. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Songster

    Jul 3, 2009
    Check Henderson's chicken breed chart, it gives all the info for weather hardiness, foraging ability, egg-laying. Sorry I don't know the link, just google it!

  8. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    I would recommend sex-links. I have four RIR, two are roos. The roos are aggressive. I like the hens, but they can get a little bossy.

    I have 2 red/golden sex-links, 3 black sex-links, 2 BR, 4 RIR, 6 EE and 2 Brown Leghorns. Of all of them, the only ones I wouldn't recommend are the leghorns because of their flighty personality. [​IMG]
  9. vscampbell

    vscampbell In the Brooder

    Feb 9, 2010
    Kirkland WA
    I have a number of different breeds and all are free ranged. The Welsummers are great, and I like the Golden Sex Links... I find these to be very similar in behavior.... My favorites are the Sussex... they are very sweet, follow me around, easy to catch if they do get out... but they rarely try to get out of the fenced area unless there is a fence break.... they are not fliers. I will never get Barred Rocks again. They are hardest on the other birds... very dominant... they are always trying to get past the fence and they fly like crazy.... and very hard to catch when they do get out.... of all of my chickens theses are the only ones I have to clip wings... with out it they easily clear a 6' fence and will launch themselves off of even a black berry vine to increase their flight path....

  10. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu Got Mutts

    May 3, 2008
    Milan PA
    I've only had 3 chickens, a Black Australorp, Golden Laced Wyandotte and Buff orp. All of them layed well and did pretty well outside, in their 'coop'. It was more like just a wooden box [​IMG] we had several storms where it got to -25 windchill, weeks with it in the negatives. They still layed some through winter too. [​IMG] they were all heavy/dual purpose breeds from what I found.

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