Getting 4 new hens! Help choosing breeds!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by aoxa, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Hello there [​IMG]
    We are going to a chicken show on Saturday, and want to know if you guys can help us pick the breeds meant for us and our area. We have lots of room, so that's not an issue. It's just that we live in Canada (COLD >_<) so, we want hens that will be more likely to survive the winter. We already have a mille fleur d'uccle that is cold already, so we might have to house her in the cold months indoors.

    Anyway.. We have the following we are considering:

    Jersey Giant
    Maran
    Chanteceler (if they have any..)
    Wyandotte
    Delaware
    Orpington (Pretty sure getting this one)


    We would also love a Frizzle or a Sizzle [​IMG] Currently we have 2 polish, one barred rock, a silkie, a polish mixed (has total vision), and a d'uccle.

    They all get along great. All from different original flocks.

    I think the few we picked above are cold-hardy. We want friendly birds - this is a must. They should also be decent layers. Not an egg a day per-say, but 4 a week would be wonderful. We want to supply our extended family with eggs, so yeah. [​IMG]

    Thanks for all your help!

    Oh and if it matters, we free-range our chickens, no predators around really (live in village), but we do have a run if they don't do well free-range.
     
  2. bufforpingtonfan

    bufforpingtonfan Out Of The Brooder

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    orpingtons
     
  3. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
    Australia
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Already have a barred rock [​IMG] Though we would consider breeding them. Definitely my favourite so far! My barred rock Dixie is the sweetest one! <3
     
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    fyi - Marans has a S at the end, plural or not. [​IMG]



    I highly suggest you get yourself an Easter Egger (or Ameraucana, or Araucana) or two or three. . . . I don't see how people don't get bored of seeing the same brown eggs day after day. [​IMG]

    Easter Eggers are very cold hardy, and also have a small pea comb and beard/muffs to help.


    Also, get some Marans too but I wouldn't recommend getting the Cuckoo type. Their egg color isn't much darker than a normal brown, most of the time.
     
  6. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Thank you [​IMG] Was rushing my question [​IMG]

    I would love some easter eggers, but I've had a hard time finding them around my area believe it or not [​IMG] The ones that are, lay pink eggs. I would really like some blue eggs! [​IMG]

    I'll see if they have any at the show. I live in a farming province, so I'm sure there will be a lot to choose from!
     
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Yeah I hear Canada has a poor selection of blue or green layers compared to us. . . Good luck though! [​IMG]
     
  8. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
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    Quote:Already have a barred rock [​IMG] Though we would consider breeding them. Definitely my favourite so far! My barred rock Dixie is the sweetest one! <3

    Why not get a different coloured rock then? Mine is silver pencilled. Gorgeous little lady thats her on the left, sorry I don't have a better pic, she looks even better in real life (and good lighting! lol)
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  9. Lordofchickens 86

    Lordofchickens 86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wyandottes and jersy giants. i have them in florida wyadottes were bred in new york and i have to trim vent feathers sometimes. all i know is they are thickly feathered.
     
  10. Eroicayori

    Eroicayori Out Of The Brooder

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    I have BJG's, BRLW, Ops and Dominiques. They hold up very well in our tempetous rainy cold climate.

    As for personalities my BRL Wynattoes are very personal and quirky. My Ops are a little bit more standoffish, but sweet. The Black Jerseys are my largest and I think prettiest. They are the least friendly in the sense of letting me pet them but they still eat from my hand and follow me. The Doms are by far my friendliest, they learned tricks very quickly also.

    All the chickens that you chose are cold hearty, but the friendliness of them will be up to you. All chickens can be nice. If you put in enough time and attention they will make great pets.
     

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