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first time 3 choices of chicks to pick from, please help.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by draaronr, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. draaronr

    draaronr New Egg

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    two primary reasons for the birds, first is pets, second reason is for eggs. I want to get 5 total. I have everything set up and local feed store has 3 choices, so please help me decide. I live in South Eastern NC so the winters are mild. I have an acre for them to free range on during the day time and will be locked up at night. Here are my choices Black Sex links, Americanas, Buff Orpingtons. Please help on this, I would like to go and pick them up this week.
     
  2. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Why don't you get one of each. They are all good breeds, my sex links lay large brown eggs and so do the BO's and the Americanas will give you pretty colored eggs.

    Oops I see you are getting 5, mix them up.
     
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  3. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    I have Buff Orpingtons, they are quiet, sweet and total lap chickens. Nothing cuter then a fluffy orpington butt bent over eating bugs. They produce the nicest light brown eggs too.
    These guys follow me all around the yard like I'm some kind of hero...lol. gotta love that.

    You really can't go wrong with any of your choices though, they are all nice birds, so maybe mix them up a bit and get a couple of each.

    Good luck and have fun.
     
  4. Brian

    Brian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd get 3 sex-linked (better layers), 1 ameraucana, and 1 buff.
     
  5. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    Welcome to BYC!

    Get a couple of each!
     
  6. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Quote:I like this plan myself though I might go 2 sex linked, 2 BOs because I think they're so pretty and 1 Americauna myself.
    Edited to say, no I wouldn't, I'd get two of each, who'm I kidding??
     
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  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I'd get 2 BO, 2 Ameraucana (be aware they almost certainly mean 'easter eggers' i.e. lay colored eggs but do not meet breed standard otherwise) and 1 BSL.

    (I'd do the singleton of the BSL, rather than the other breeds, because the BSL will lay real well for a few years but may 'retire' earlier, and because the odds are good that 2 EE's will lay different color eggs from each other and likely look a bit different from each other too, which would give diversity to the flock)

    If you're only getting 5 I don't think it really matters too much, though, just mix n match [​IMG]

    Happy chick-shopping,

    Pat
     

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