Help, I can't decide

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by autumnprairie, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. autumnprairie

    autumnprairie Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2011
    I have 8 BO hens and I am wanting to increase my flock but I like my purebreds I need some advice is there another breed that I can put with my BO that will be similiar in traits that I like.
    lay year round and are good layers, docile and gentle.
    THank you ahead of time
  2. armdchicken

    armdchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2012
    Fairbanks, alaska
    Wyandottes are a good breed and one of my fav. breed, they are docile and good egg layer (about 200 eggs a year) and welsummers are also a good breed to keep they are good layers and child-friendly. You will also get rich brown eggs (about 140-160 eggs a year).
  3. CelticMoon1

    CelticMoon1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2009
    You'll get a lot of different advice here, I warrant. People have different fave breeds ;)

    When I first started out I got Buff Orpingtons and Black Australorps, then later got some Wyandottes and now am completely hooked on Wyandottes. The three are pretty similar kinds of birds in my view, as are Sussex, and Welsummer. Probably others that I can't think of right now.

    I can warmly recommend Wyandottes, though mine are breeder birds. I've read elsewhere on the forum that some people have bad experience with their hatchery Wyandottes (uncorrect type & unfriendly, though good layers). My Wyandottes are pretty consistent layers, and have nice temperament.

    You might also consider just adding another color Orpington if you're sold on the breed - I've seen pictures of all sorts of pretty colours like Jubilee and Gold Laced.

    Best of luck in your choosing!
  4. autumnprairie

    autumnprairie Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2011

    thanks, I think I am going to add other colors of the Orpingtons.

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