I need all you wonderful experienced chicken people to help me decide.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mom2jedi, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. mom2jedi

    mom2jedi Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Long Story Short, live in San Diego,Ca where it's been hot. Have 4 kids 10 and under and a great hubby who wants very good layers (preferably at least four eggs a week). Will be a small flock of five maybe six depending on our space. Are looking to buy our first house in suburbs (haven't found it yet) so can't have too many since we are working with a smaller yard that will need space for a veggie garden as well as room for the kids and dog to play.

    I would like as pretty a flock as possible and am planning to get them from My Pet Chicken since I can order less than 25. Here are the breeds I'm looking at, can anyone give me advice to help me narrow it down some? I'm thinking only one of any breed...

    BARRED ROCKS, BLACK AUSTRALORPS, BLACK STARS or SEX LINKS (I am not sure on this one now because I thought they were all black at first.), DELAWARES, EASTER EGGERS (definitely want one of these), GOLDEN or SILVER LACED WYANDOTTES, RIRs, SILKIES (white or blue likewise, can't decide on that either, I like the Splash color but understand the genetics of getting a blue, black, or splash from a blue)

    Thank you so much in advance for the help!

    One last question, when ordering, would I order more than I actually want in case something happens to one? If so, and they all survive, what would I do with the extras? Not sure I could make dinner with them...
  2. denahli

    denahli Songster

    Jul 16, 2008
    you can loose upto 25% If you have extras you could post them on here to find a home, especially if you order pullets. PPL are always looking for good egg layers on here, even on craigslist

    My sex links are dahlings :)
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I would look for someone local with chicks and buy good stock of the varieties you like. 5 chickens will lay you many more than 4 eggs a week. You will get 3 - 5 a day from good layers.
  4. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    If you don't have a lot of room, you could look at bantams.

    We have standard breeds. The SLW & GLW are very pretty. I like the White & Columbian too. Our Wyandottes are great egg layers and very calm and gentle. You can never tell what an EE is going to look like. Ours was a gentle hen. Not on your list, but also gentle is Jersey Black Giant or Dominique. (An important factor when children are involved.)
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2008
  5. mom2jedi

    mom2jedi Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Quote:I meant he wants four eggs a week from each standard (the silkie doesn't count of course, she's just for fun!).

    Sorry about that.
  6. Rusty Hills Farm

    Rusty Hills Farm Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    Up at the barn
    My RIR hens are sweeties that give me an egg apiece about 6 days out of 7. They are gentle and inquisitive and fun to be around. My RIR roos, however, are often a different story entirely. I would not suggest them for a backyard flock, especially if you have small children. My buff Rock hens are equally delightful, lay an egg apiece about 3 days out of 4. My buff rock roos are also pleasant to be around.

  7. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    I would make sure to have at least one sex link. The red ones are gorgeous and awesome layers (with BIG eggs too). My experience with Wyandottes is that their eggs are smaller and they lay less (but still easily 3 or 4 a week) but I have herd other people say different. They are beautiful, however, and more than worth the space they take up. Barred Rocks are hands down the sweetest chickens on the planet!!! [​IMG] Pretty good layers but not like a sex link. Good luck with your new chickies. You are going to fall in love!!!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2008
  8. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    I have 49 head of different breeds .

    Rhode Island Red's , Barred Rocks , Black Australorps , and cochrin bantams .

    My RIR's give me an EGG a piece everyday .

    Large Brown eggs
  9. mom2jedi

    mom2jedi Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Thank you all for your wonderful advice. I'd love to hear more from other chicken folk. Anyone have Delawares?
  10. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    You might check with "TommyVT" or "Linda in San Diego"... Tommy's on the east side, I think, and Linda's in the Clairmont area? (don't quote me, I'm not 100% sure). There are several people from SD here (I grew up there!) that might be able to help you out. But... a thought... I'd stick with the lighter breeds with the heat... black australorps and the darker colored hens will get very hot without a cool place to get out of the sun. [​IMG]


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