Help with what breed of chicken to get?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mainechicken, May 27, 2010.

  1. Mainechicken

    Mainechicken New Egg

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    Hope its Ok to post this here I am new to chickens for the most part. I live in Maine and would like to get 5 to 6 hens to have fresh eggs. I was wondering if anyone could recommend some different types. And can you mix them? I would like to let them out in the yard during the day also. A few types I was looking at are the following. Any info/help is greatly appreciated, thank you.

    Delaware
    Hamburg
    Plymouth Rock
    White faced black spanish
    Easter Eggers
    Ancona
     
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  2. chikadeedoodah

    chikadeedoodah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love the Rhode Island Reds, they lay big eggs and have fantastic personalities. Good luck with your choice, they are all so awesome! [​IMG]
     
  3. katdam

    katdam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have RIR, gottem for the eggs,,, even though i ended up with only 1 pullet! i can sit in my chair by the pen and they'll get on the roost and i'll start humming and they fall asleep [​IMG] i love them!
     
  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    I really enjoy having a mixture of breeds, it is easier to Identifiy them, and recognize their personalities. And I think it makes for a pretty flock. I had all barred rocks once, and while I loved them, I like a mixed flock better.
     
  5. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love my Barred Rock - her personality is just a riot. I also have a Production Red, which are close to RIRs, and she is dumb as a box of rocks. Sorry. My leghorn is also fun to watch, but really flighty. That's my only experience so far!
     
  6. clothdiaperingmom

    clothdiaperingmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My faves as far as docile, calm, friendly are Barred Rocks for sure!!

    RIR's for lots of eggs, or could go with a sex link/hybrid of some sort.

    Buff Orpingtons are pretty mellow and docile as well.

    As you can see in my siggy, I have a mix like the pp mentioned! I like lots of color in my flock.
     
  7. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    May I say, [​IMG]. Glad you're here -- I hope you gather lots and lots of valuable information and make many lasting friendships. As for which breeds to choose, I can only tell you what I have done, which is to have selected six chicks of four different breeds. Like Mrs. K said, it makes for a pretty flock and an ease of telling who is who. What i have are Light Brahma, EE's, Barred Rock and Cochin. I am suppsed to have a Speckled Sussex, but the hatchery didn't include one in my order.

    When choosing breeds, my first priority was to select birds that are calm and friendly. Because I live in Ohio my second priority was that they be winter hardy. And finally I just flat out hoped to get an Easter Egger that lays a lovely blue/green egg.

    I really like having a mixed flock.

    Sp what are your priorities?

    Jenny
     

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