Good Backyard Flock?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by AccentOnHakes, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. AccentOnHakes

    AccentOnHakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2009
    Will these breeds be non-flighty, quiet, and friendly?

    Barred Rock
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You can cross Leghorn off that list. My very favorite breed is Barred Plymouth Rock. My Brahma girls are not all that friendly, though not flighty. My bantam Cochin is a sweetie. My EEs and Ameraucanas are probably the quietest girls I have. It's so individual, the quiet aspect of it. I have a hatchery RIR who is a real loudmouth, but my three breeder quality RIR ladies are very quiet. The only one I'd say would not meet most of your criteria is the Leghorn.
  3. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    Let's see. I actually have had them all, lol.
    Barred Rock

    D'uccles and Brahmas are nice birds too but I only have roos in the Brahmas and D'uccles so don't feel like I can tell about them accurately.
    Leghorns have always seemed a bit flighty for me.
  4. denasfarm

    denasfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sweet Home Alabama!!
    Well Lets see:
    Silkies are usually quiet, calm and social and not flighty however I have a few that are loud and bossy butts.
    Leghorns very flighty but dont eat as much as the heavier breeds. I dont recall the noise level its been years since I owned those.
    EEs are generally calm and friendly, can be loud, can be quiet depends on the bird. Some hens babble all day and some are silent.
    Barred Rocks are friendly, mine hang out by the back door waiting for us to step outside (Along with my Marans). They are quieter than the other birds.
    I have not owned the other breeds you listed.
  5. AccentOnHakes

    AccentOnHakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2009
    Wow, that was fast! Well, I had a Leghorn last time and it was was the Wyandottes that went over then fence, actually. :\\ It may have been that she was on the bottom of the pecking order, but she wasn't really loud.
  6. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    Oh, I am not sure that my definition of flighty and yours were the same. To me flighty are those birds that go crazy trying to get away from you when you go in the pen. But those that can fly are not what I call flighty, lol.
  7. rocmoc

    rocmoc Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2009
    Tucson, AZ
    My ideal flock is Plymouth Barred Rock, White Rock & EE's. The Rocks are the Best!

    rocmoc n AZ
  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    LOL...yeah, I guess when you say "flighty" most assume you mean untamed, doesn't like to be handled, etc. Are you referring to birds that often attempt to "fly the coop"???
    Love my barred rock and EE...great qualities. I'm curious as to why you don't have orpingtons on the list...very docile.
  9. Settler'sDreamFarm

    Settler'sDreamFarm █ [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]

    Aug 7, 2008
    Ontario, Canada :)
    Sounds like a good flock to me [​IMG]
  10. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    my white leghorns are very sweet and quiet they are very flighty though they like to go all over the place my barred rocks one is the meanest thing

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