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Getting new chickens, but what kind

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bantymama, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Bantymama

    Bantymama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have allways had banties and now i want chickens that are colorfull and lay big brown eggs. I was thinking about getting RIRs and Cuckoo Marans. Are they good layers and setters. The choices seem to be endless. Any suggestions.
     
  2. The Poultry Peanut

    The Poultry Peanut lives under rock

    Quote:They are all good layers cuckoo maran roos get agressive tward the hens though...
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Unless you get exhibition lines of RIR they will not set--the production strains have had that instinct bred out of them. Personally I do NOT like the breed: mean birds.

    Brahmas will give you huge brown eggs and are friendly and personable. They will set.
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    The people I know who have marans ADORE the breed and have commented on how friendly and gentle the roos are.
     
  5. selinagil

    selinagil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Everyone has their favs--but I personally like my Buff Orpingtons the best of all my chickens. My Roo is sweet and the Hens lay pretty brown eggs. Also Ameraucana's lay beautiful eggs and they are friendly. I don't like the RIR either--I think many other varieties would be a better choice. [​IMG]
     
  6. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I grew up with RIR, theyre the most inhospitable unfriendly birds around. yuck.
     

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