Help deciding on breeds?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Ether, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. Ether

    Ether In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    We're working on researching breeds right now to find ones that might be a good fit for us. We'll be getting chickens in the spring most likely, so we've got some time to dedicate to both choosing breeds as well as choosing a local source (PA tri-state area).

    What we're looking for:
    Good egglayers
    Not too broody (won't be having any chick-rearing here)
    Tolerant of Western PA weather (hot humid summers and cold icy winters)
    Prefer a medium to large sized egg over a small egg
    Quieter would be better, but then again I don't mind the sound of chickens... it's more for the neighbors

    Suggestions? We will have only 3 hens, as we are in an urban setting and are limited the number of "pets" we have, and the chickens count along with our cat. Silly I know.

    I appreciate the help!
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2008
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    This site should be helpful...

    Quote:Dominique, Wyandottes, Jersey Giants

    Quote:Dominique, Wyandottes, Ameraucana


    Quote:Dominique, Wyandottes, Buckeyes, Ameraucana, Chantecler

    Quote:Dominique, Wyandottes, Buckeyes, Ameraucana, Jersey Giant, Chantecler

    Quote:No chicken is ever always quiet, but our Wyandottes, Dominique and Jersey Giant are fairly quiet.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2008
  3. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    Brahmas, Orpingtons, EEs. Yay for you, Ether!
  4. Ether

    Ether In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Quote:Well, exactly. I grew up with them and never found them to be loud per se, but I know that my neighbors would probably prefer a quieter to average breed rather than the real loud ones (I've had crowing hens before... heh)
  5. happyhen

    happyhen Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Northeastern Ohio
    I suggest the Rhode Island Red. We have 10 ladies who are very friendly and gentle, quiet (my suburban neighbors rarely hear them), good layers, rarely broody, seldom argue, hardy and cold tolerant. Not the prettiest or fanciest of the breeds but a backyard flock standard.
  6. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    I am in W PA

    my chickens free range most of the day! so they are out in the cold! Pea & Rose comb have done the best for me! (no frost bite)


    my rocks the girls are fine the roos get frost bite
    I am trying Jersey Giants this year
  7. Ether

    Ether In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I will say that based purely on appearance- Wyandottes seem awesome.

    Do people recommend single-breed groups or multi-breed?
  8. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    Don't ask me 'cause I will tell you that Naked Necks will do all that you ask of them. Mine have stood high temps of 115deg in summer to 15deg below in winter. The roosters may get frostbit combs but the hens never will. They forage well are friendly and lay medium-large light brown eggs. Their feed conversion rate is average but tends to excel in higher temps. They will go broody but are a snap to break-up when they try but my bantams are bred to go broody and will set a nest till the cows come home and raise broods all summer long one right after another. They do tend to celebrate loudly when an egg is layed but look at the dynamics of it. As far as looks? Well after you get to know them you will really love the breed.
  9. LMEggs

    LMEggs Show Me Feathers Poultry CO

    May 4, 2008
    I will go by my New hampshire reds and my Orpingtons ANYDAY! both very quiet breeds and good with kids and are great layers!! large eggs!
  10. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    You can have your flock mixed or all one breed. People do both. I have a mixed breed flock and love it.

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