Help deciding on new chicks?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ddschicks, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. ddschicks

    ddschicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I have recently decided to get all new chickens and I am having trouble choosing the breeds because there are so many choices. I have always wanted ameraucanas but im not sure what others to get. I want them for eggs, no roosters. I can only have 6 where I live but I have to have at least 7 to check out on MPC.
    I want a variety of egg colors but I want them all to be good layers with large eggs and to have good personality. They have to be good with confinement and with heat since I am in Alabama. Currently I have two ameraucanas, two barred rocks, two golden cuckoo marans, two partridge olive eggers, and an austra white in my cart. I have to narrow them down and im not sure which chicks are best for my situation.
     
  2. Leah567

    Leah567 Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I heard leghorns do great in the summer and lay lots of eggs! I think you picked some good choices!
     
  3. backyardbouquet

    backyardbouquet Just Hatched

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    I can't decide either. I still have months to make up my mind, but I'm really having a hard time deciding if I want a homogeneous flock, or a mix. My main goal is fresh eggs, but if we have to cull I'll eat them too.

    I live in MS, so heat/humidity is also a problem here.

    I've narrowed it down to a few options. [​IMG]

    Marans
    Welsummers
    Buff Orpingtons
    Golden Laced Wyandottes
    Dominiques

    I have experience with buffs, dominiques, RIR, black sex links, but I'm really torn. If I'm honest with myself I'm going to start with one type and just get more anyway.
     
  4. ddschicks

    ddschicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I think Im going to switch out with marans for welsummers because they are cheaper. anyone know if welsummers lay just as dark eggs as a golden cuckoo maran? I know that black copper marans lay the darkest of the marans so is a welsummer a good sub for the cuckoo?
     
  5. Leah567

    Leah567 Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Here are welsummer eggs
     
  6. ddschicks

    ddschicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I ended up ordering four ameraucanas, two barred rocks, and two welsumers. I hope they turn out well because this is my first time ordering online. (I went with ideal since they were closer to me)
     

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