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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dj lay 59, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. dj lay 59

    dj lay 59 Hatching

    Mar 20, 2015
    We are getting chickens once we move. I know very little but am looking forward to learning. We want pets that lay eggs. Are some better pets than others?
  2. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Crowing

    Jun 10, 2013
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC!

    Production egg layers are the best layer chickens :), good luck!
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I think the more sociable layers are Buff orps, Black australorps, etc. they don't lay as much but, they are docile.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    The really high production hens - lay more eggs but, for a much shorter time and are prone to internal laying issues.
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided join to our flock. Drumstick diva has given you some good advice. Based on your criteria, I would suggest going with breeds that have a well-deserved reputation for being very calm and gentle (potential lap pets), such as Australorps, Orpingtons, Brahmas, Cochins, Sussex, and Faverolles. If egg production is a priority, Australorps are the best layers on this list. If you want extremely high egg production, I would recommend Black Sex Links, which are hardy and friendly, egg laying machines. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of breeds and hyrids), and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out more than 300 eggs per hen per year. They're not quite the lap pets that the other breeds in the list above are, but they do tolerate being handled, and on occasion, even seem to enjoy it. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Whatever breeds you decide to get, good luck with your flock.
  6. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
  7. Herdsman01

    Herdsman01 In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2011
    Central Illinois
    Hello, Im sorta new here too but I'll chime in. I personally would recommend Barred Rocks. In my experience the hens are very friendly and I don't believe we ever had a rooster that was human aggressive. We never really babied our flock (maybe spoiled them a little [​IMG] ), they were livestock not pets, yet the barred rocks were so friendly you'd think they were pets! We had a few hens that would beg to ride around on your arm or shoulder for no reason haha. Now they probably won't lay as many eggs as one of the production breeds but I'm my experience they do lay quite well, especially if they are from hatchery stock. I also second the Buff Orpington suggestion, they were some of our friendliest chickens as well.
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    If you want pet chickens that also lay plenty of eggs, then I would suggest Wyandottes, Orpingtons, Australorps, Easter Eggers, and Sex-links. Two other breeds that make excellent pets are Silkies and Cochins. However, those two breeds are more "ornamental," and don't lay very well.
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined us.

    For pets that also lay a good number of eggs, I suggest getting Wyandottes, Easter Eggers, Australorps, Orpingtons, Sussex, Ameraucanas, or Brahmas. If egg production isn't a huge priority, you could get Silkies or Cochins, as they are probably the most pet-like breeds (but won't lay as well).
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2015
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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