Help me Decide on a Breed!!!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Classic.rocker978, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. Classic.rocker978

    Classic.rocker978 New Egg

    Apr 6, 2010
    Here are the characteristics I would like:

    - Friendly, Calm, Easy going
    - Hardy, I live in Missouri so Hot summers and Cold winters..
    - Big enough to eat but also able to produce a decent amount of eggs (White or Brown)
    - I want the hen to be a bit Broody, I would prefer it if she could hatch her own chicks.
    - Preferably a "True" heritage breed, no Sex-Linked breeds or hybrids.
    - Able forage in a free range situation.

    Let me know what you think, I'm interested in hearing your guy's suggestions!
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    French Marans. They've handled the heat of Texas and Florida and they're naturally a cold hardy breed, especially with their large, poofy size and feathered shanks.

    Marans are very quiet, calm, and friendly; The roosters are almost never aggressive; The eggs are very large, and depending on quality, can be GORGEOUS!

    They are a dual purpose breed, as most hens can reach 7 lbs or over, and the roosters can reach over 10 lbs. (although the proposed standard calls for less)

    Blue Wheaten cockerel


    Black Copper cockerel


    Wheaten hens foraging


    Their gorgeous eggs

  3. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    I say Dominiques or orpingtons

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    Illia~ Those eggs are gawgous!!!
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2010
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Orpingtons and/or Plymouth Rock - Barred.
  5. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    Depends a lot on how many of your birds you want to go broody. If you want half or more of them to go broody in the summer, then Buff Orpingtons sound like the perfect breed for you (eggs may be scarce though over the summer due to broodiness).

    If you only want about 10-25% of your birds to go broody, then Black Australorps, Rhode Island Reds, Dominiques, and Barred Rocks would make excellent choices.

    I did a lot of research and asking around on BYC cause I was looking for good farm breeds with very similar traits to what you want. Except for the Dominique, these are the breeds I've chosen. I nixxed the Dominique for myself only because a friend of mine has Barred Rock hatching eggs, and I saw no point in having both breeds. I'm going to try these four breeds, and possibly narrow it down further within a couple years. [​IMG] Delawares also looked very interesting, but I thought their white plumage would be to noticeable for predators...

    Remember though that no matter what you feed them, no dual-purpose bird will be as large and have as much breast meat as the Cornish X meat birds in the store.

    Here's a link to a great chicken breed search tool... [​IMG]

    I don't want to get in trouble, but the chocolate egg breeds are not as good of layers as brown egg breeds. [​IMG] I've heard that to get that beautiful dark color, the egg has to spend more time in the hen getting re-coated several times with the brown coloring to become so dark, thus lessening the number of eggs that the hen is able to lay per year.

    Those really are some pretty eggs and birds Illia! If I were ever to have a flock of chickens just for beauty, I think I'd know who'd I ask for hatching eggs. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2010
  6. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    Delawares! Hands down, Delawares!!! Super friendly, even as chicks. They will run up to you, hang our with you, sit on you, ride around on your shoulders. Great big light brown eggs. Excellent meat. A Heritage bird. Check out the club website:
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Delawares and Rocks. I have both. Can't beat them as an all-round great breed, great layers and personalities. I also love my Blue/Black/Splash Ameraucanas.
  8. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Quote:I don't think those meet the criteria of a "True Heritage breed," that the OP asked for. [​IMG] Pretty though.

    I agree with joletabey and speckledhen ..... Delawares! Plymouth Rocks, as well! You would love them both.
  9. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'd recommend Buff Orpingtons to fulfill your expectations.
  10. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    Australorps are great, but I don't know that they are broody enough for what you're wanting. Marans aren't "heritage", but they would be a GREAT choice. Delawares are a decent choice.

    I personally don't like rocks - they are "bland" of personality to me. And my orpingtons didn't handle heat very well.

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