Few Questions on which breed would be the best>????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by happyhens44, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    My mom said when I get my incubator payed off I can buy eggs to hatch online. Well within the next week Ill have 55 dollers to give her, And I owe her 88 out of $138 I started with , So that means,By the time im done paying her ill owe her $33.00 which I would pay her that within 2 weeks, Between Babysitting allowence and doing wood. So spring I can buy eggs..

    I have some ideas but first I have questions.

    1.) Silkies.

    - are they hardy for winter ranges in -30 below to 30 above

    - are they a usually healther breed not pronded to sicknesses??

    2.) Buff Orpingtons *pretty sure im definatly going to get some of these

    3.) polish

    Anything I should know, Can the handle cold weather in winter

    4.) games ???

    any info suggested?

    5.) bantams?

    I have one...

    Any other suggested info


    Thanks any help, would help [​IMG]
  2. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    first of all

    what do you like your chickens for?

    Decoration (ornamental )

    there are many breeds that are cold hardy but may not be what you want

    for example Turkens or naked necks very cold hardy , illness resistant , good egg layers

    silkies are the best for pets their feathers look more like fur and get dirty and wet very fast I don't think they are any cold hardy
  3. tnfarmeggs

    tnfarmeggs Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 24, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    I have a mix of all those or have had them. We live in Tennessee, it gets down to single digits here and they all do fine with the snow and cold.
  4. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2010
    Quote:Sorry, but I would not recommend silkies for such cold weather unless you let them inside somewhere warmer or put in a heating device. That said, it never snows where I live and temperatures regularly get to 40 degrees (CELSIUS lol) in summer [​IMG] They aren't very hardy and are quite a lot harder to hatch than "normal" eggs. I breed them but have broody hens for most of the incubation. I tried once with an incubator and got a much lower hatch rate. Games will need to be free-ranged, as they are mostly intolerant of confinement. Just my 0.02 [​IMG] Good luck
  5. tnfarmeggs

    tnfarmeggs Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 24, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    Quote:We do have a heat lamp in coop when it gets under freezing temp.

    And will agree that game birds (we have OE) need to be free range birds
  6. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    Ok, Im taking silkies out [​IMG]

    Game hens will go, Because I cant free range tell spring

    So BO an bantam im going with??? sound good.

    I like design and eggs [​IMG]
  7. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca
    i recommend giant cochins... although, i don't have much time with them, and don't live in freezing climates, i think they will be an all around good choice for you...
  8. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    We have Orpingtons & love them, great big birds.[​IMG]
  9. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    Quote:Don't single out games, they do not HAVE to be free ranged. This is coming from a 4 generation breeder of American gamefowl, and I also raise Shamo's which I just got into recently. I breed my birds in 4X5 pens which they stay in basically 24/7 because you can't allow cocks to get around each other and I don't want anything happening to my brood hens.

    Which gamefowl are you considering? They are different in some ways. American game hens are decent layers, great broodies, and usually good mothers. They can sometimes be aggressive towards other hens, but this usually is not a big deal and will coexist peacefully with your layers if the layers stay out of their way. They can be flighty if not handled often, but if handled tend to be OK.

    OEG large fowl, generally same thing except they aren't game like the Americans much anymore. The bantams will lay smaller eggs, some are poor broodies, but for the most part are in line with American's and large fowl OEG. All of these will bear cold and heat well, and do not require a whole lot of upkeep, they're fairly cheap on feed- one hen gets 1/2 a Vienna can of feed per day, a cock gets a whole can and they are in great shape. Bantams of course, eat less.

    Oriental fowl can be poor layers, more aggressive than the Americans meaning I can't allow my Shamo hens to be near each other or they will fight. They also are not real cold hardy, truthfully for your situation I don't suggest getting any Orientals (Asil, Malay, Thai, etc.) So I won't go into more detail [​IMG]. The Shamo however I do allow out quite often, under my supervision.

    And before people think it, the birds may at times be aggressive towards others (cocks always are).. But they should be gentle as a puppy towards people. My Shamo's especially are.


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