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Help me pick my next breed....

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Rare Feathers Farm, Oct 19, 2010.

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  3. Rose Comb Leghorn

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  4. Wyandotte

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  1. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    I think I have it narrowed down to a few choices...the Wyandotte being a large fowl BLRW or White

    Requirements:

    MUST be cold-hardy (their coop will NOT be insulated or heated)
    (aka MUST have a comb other than a single--like rose, walnut, or pea)

    MUST be a good range bird (will be out during the days & locked in at night), weather permitting

    MUST be a good layer (this will be my source of "farm fresh" eggs for myself and a few customers

    MUST be a dual-purpose (I will hatch out many, sell the extra pullets and eat the extra roosters. I will only winter maybe a trio or a quad of the best...

    MUST be somewhat friendly...I don't want to have to watch my back the entire time I'm outside

    I'd prefer something mellow and slow without being too slow and too mellow...and something that is not a huge breed...I really like Brahmas and wouldn't mind them again but they are just so stinkin' HUGE and eat a lot from November until May! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2010
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Other suggestion:

    Wheaten/Blue Wheaten Ameraucanas. They are wonderful!
     
  3. Mrs. Turbo

    Mrs. Turbo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2009
    ky
    WYANDOTTES!!! Ours layed great this year and had great fertility. The SLWs like to take a little longer in molt than our other birds, but they are so pretty we put up with it. We are going to try processing our first couple roosters this weeekend. They are pretty big birds and weight a ton. Lots of ours freerange during the day and do great in the winter.
     
  4. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Other suggestions:

    *Chanteclers

    *Marans
     
  5. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I was thinking about those, actually--especially since they lay a colored egg and the majority of their eggs will be sold for eating (and I hear people like those colored eggs?) [​IMG]
     
  6. OSUman

    OSUman GO BUCKS

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    I did Leghorn because they are really rare in RC but if you get a variety thats not brown or white then they will be even more rare and you could help them get more popular.
     
  7. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mrs. Turbo :

    WYANDOTTES!!! Ours layed great this year and had great fertility. The SLWs like to take a little longer in molt than our other birds, but they are so pretty we put up with it. We are going to try processing our first couple roosters this weeekend. They are pretty big birds and weight a ton. Lots of ours freerange during the day and do great in the winter.

    I have some bantams but they're not laying yet...I do like their personalities, though!​
     
  8. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Do they have rosecomb Marans?

    I tried the Chants already and wasn't impressed. I got mine from IDEAL (couldn't find the buffs anywhere else). They were flighty and kind of mean (when cornered) and the rooster we gave to my in-laws they said didn't have much meat except the breasts...
     
  9. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I've heard some mixed things about the Leghorn's temperament (flighty, aggressive roos)....but I'd just eat them if it became an issue. LOL
     
  10. ultasol

    ultasol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    SE Washington
    What about rose comb RI reds? Get some non-hatchery stock.
     

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