First time - what breed

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by phunk, May 14, 2007.

  1. phunk

    phunk New Egg

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    What breed should i get for my first time?
    I want a breed thats really friendly and likes to be handled and lays lots of eggs
     
  2. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Brahmas are sweet gentle chicks. Mine were good egg layers. I have 25 feather legged cochins. Of them all though the sweetest ones are the blues, buffs, and brahmas. Do some research and make an educated decision. You will probably get alot of people who will say mine are the best. Just like I did. But I would study as much as I could before I buy.
     
  3. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    We could probably give you some good options with a little more information. What type of climate do you live in? Some chickens handle the heat or cold better than others. How many would you want? Do you want full size or bantam size? Is there a color that you like? A shape that you like? Some chickens are long and lean while others are shaped like a basket ball.
     
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Also to add, what color egg are you wanting???
     
  5. phunk

    phunk New Egg

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    Quote:I live in England, only 2-3 chickens, full size, preferbly red and dont mind the shape or egg colour
    thanks
     
  6. Saltiena

    Saltiena Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how about a red cochin, you could get bantam or standerd and they are oh so friendly
     
  7. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

    Apr 13, 2007
    Choctaw Oklahoma
    Quote:Buff Orpingtons are also a good choice.
     
  8. M.J

    M.J Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My australorps are the sweetest things and good layers and have beautiful eyes that look like they have eye liner one. also my langshans are good. i recomend that you get the breed you want in a small quanity of chicks so you can handle them all and they will just adore you.
     
  9. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard and read that cochins and favorelles were really laid back, winter hardy, great dispositions and good eye layers. I don't have any yet, so I'm basing that upon what I said earlier. Let us know what you decide.
     
  10. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Are you really stuck on red hens because I LOVE MM black sex-link hens also known as Black Stars. I always include some in my order. They are friendly, lay very well and are very hardy. I also like Austalorps. They are gentle giants [​IMG]
    My daughter is 15 months old in the pic below, she's holding an Austalorp, that probably weighs half as much as her! Just proof of how sweet they are. [​IMG]
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