favorite breeds and why? Or nominate your favorite individual chicken

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sloper74, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. sloper74

    sloper74 In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2007
    Is it sentimental? Based on appearance, personality? Egg color? Do your breed favorites change from year to year?

    My favorite breed is a Buff Orp. They are fat and mom-ish, they remind me of an Italian mother who always wants you to eat more. They also have a laid-back temperment (in my experience). Lots of nice eggs too.

    My favorite individual hen is Betty, a white Rock. She hatched out 4 chicks this past year and is such a good mom. All her chicks have grown up to be such smart chickens. She alerts everyone when danger is near and ensures that all her chicks, even full grown now, get their fare share of food when it is thrown down. I will cry like a baby if anything ever happened to Betty. My sons and I decided that she would deserve some kind of eulogy/funeral and not the standard burial (throw carcass way out in the woods).

    How bout you?
  2. Royal Oaks Ranch

    Royal Oaks Ranch In the Brooder

    Jan 22, 2007
    Northern Calif
    Well I have two... My favorite of the common breeds is hands down the Rhode Island Reds.. I just LOVE those beautiful red ladies and the gorgeous roosters..
    For the rare breeds.. Its the Sonnerat's.. aka Grey Jungle Fowl.. They are gorgeous, make some of the most awesome calls, and are so intersting to watch.
  3. Carole AM

    Carole AM Songster

    Jan 12, 2007
    Goshen, Indiana
    My fav individual bird is "Jimmy", the red pyle OEGB roo. He's little in stature, but mighty in spirit!

    The fav rare breed is hard- I'm leaning towards the Chanteclers! They are so friendly & will be awesome come spring!

    The other favs are the showgirls! What a riot to watch! Goofy birds, for sure. BUT- its so hard to pick one! We love our cochins too. [​IMG]
  4. thechickenfarmer

    thechickenfarmer Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    I love my barred rocks, all mine have such funny personalities. They're tough and nothings seems to faze them, even the snow. My favorite is Edwina, she's the smallest with the biggest additude.
    Also, my Salmon Favorolles are just beautiful and sweet. Jen
  5. tropical chicken

    tropical chicken In the Brooder

    Jan 22, 2007
    St. Petersburg, Fl
    My favorite breed would have to be my Salmon Favorelle's, followed closely by my standard Cochins.
    Both are very beautiful, gentle giant balls of fluff![​IMG]
  6. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    For general all purpose birds, Salmon Faverolle, Black Beard, my SF rooster is the nicest chicken I own. He is a perfect gentleman with the girls and he never has shown even the slightest bit of aggression towards me. They are gentle, curious and fun loving. They don't snuggle much but are not flighty in the least. I was sort of shocked a few weeks ago when I failed to latch the gate to my Silkie pen and my Silkie Roo, who was Black Beards best buddy while they were growing out, encountered Black Beard. There was a big Cock Fight and my Black Beard was not the victor. He still struts his stuff and there has been lots of trash talk through the fence lately and I am glad he was not totally humiliated.

    For the snuggle factor the Silkies are the winner hands down but I would still have to choose the Faverolles if I had to choose only one. Please God, don't make me choose just one.
  7. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    My favorite is Light Brahma and I can't imagine another breed of chicken that has a more calm and friendly attitude. Even my roos are people friendly. My broody hens are wonderful moms and excellent teachers for the young chicks.

    They lay extra-large brown eggs, even through winter and take the cold weather we have here very well. Most of the time they free range, however when they must stay in the penned area they get along well.

    I was thinking about getting some Black Javas from the garfield farm ( rare strain with a white gene ), however I'am not prepared with another coop for them.

    It seems like everyone loves their breed as much as I do mine![​IMG]

  8. V Chic Chick

    V Chic Chick Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bristol, England
    My favourite is the Welsummer. This is purely based on one hen (I know, I know, one hen doesn't make a breed [​IMG] ) They lay lots of big brown eggs, they're friendly and they're pretty, and she never got ill. All I want in a chicken, and hopefully I will be getting another one soon [​IMG]
  9. avon102

    avon102 Hatching

    Jan 26, 2007
    My favorite so far are the Americana banties, we have enjoyed their colored eggs so much. We even made a colored egg Easter wreath last year. [​IMG]
  10. Henriettahen

    Henriettahen Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    silkies!! I think they are adorable!!! I reallly want one!

    the best breed I have owned tho is a RIR...she was soooo sweet..loved people...H8ED chickens HAHAHAHA

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