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Good breed for beginner

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by links0311, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. links0311

    links0311 New Egg

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    I am looking to start a small flock 5-7 in the Spring and was wondering which breed would be best. I am looking for egg layers primarily, and a meat eater occasionally. Looking for something quite and tame. I have been offered some mix breed eggs, but wanted to hear from you all first. Thanks.

    -Links
     
  2. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Reds; Rhode Island or Newhampshire.

    Good egg layers, decent meat bird.
     
  3. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gervais OR
    Orpingtons. Big, sweet and reliable egg layers.
     
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Rhode Island Reds or Buff Orpingtons would be my suggestion
     
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Barred Rocks [​IMG]
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:You want to tell him about there being no such thing as a small flock after you've been bitten by BYC bug or should I?[​IMG]
    I don't have my chickens yet either. In the spring I am going to be getting brahmas. They seem to suit my needs/wants the best, but these folks here know their chickens so I'm sure you'll get lots of excellent imput.
     
  7. FrozenChicken

    FrozenChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My vote is for either Rhode Island Red or Columbian / Barred Rock
     
  8. alex

    alex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    SILKIES... everyone can agree to that...i own them and i know what im talking about...whoever owns them can agree with me...right?
     
  9. MyPerfectChicken

    MyPerfectChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Their not the best egg layer though??

    I'd go with Langshans(?) or Orpingtons, our EEs are pretty good too, but they can be crazy.
     
  10. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    Dominiques, big fat hens laying big brown eggs, spoiled rotten, chatty, nosey, lovable, spoiled rotten babies!!
     

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