I want to get some more chickens but dont know what breed?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Austinspoultry, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. Austinspoultry

    Austinspoultry Chirping

    Aug 17, 2014
    New Mexico USA
    Where I live the summers are 90 degrees and the winters are below freezing. Any suggestions for breeds?
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Great to see another New Mexican on board here!!

    My Black Australorps have done very well with the heat and the bitter cold temps. As long as you offer them shade, they do quite well in the heat. Aussies are also very cold hardy and can withstand below zero temps well. I have never had a problem with summer or winter. Buff Orpingtons are also great to tolerate heat and cold. I am raising some Plymouth Barred Rocks this year and so far they are doing very well in the heat. They are known to be cold hardy too.

    Here is a couple of nice breeds pages you can look at for all the attributes of the different breeds...



    If you use arroyo or dry wash sand as bedding in the coop and run, you can hose it down and the birds stay INCREDIBLY cool even on the hottest days. Put a fan in the coop and run, and with a wet sandy floor, your birds will have cool feet all summer long. Cool feet mean cool birds. :)

    Good luck and welcome to our flock!
  3. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Songster

    Jul 18, 2013
    Welcome. www.mypetchicken.com has a questionnaire on their site. You can answer questions to come up with what would do well in your area.
    Our temps the past year ranged from winter nights down to -9* to 100* and humid in the summer. I have a small mixed flock that did well. It includes Easter Eggers, Jersey giants, a buckeye and some mixes. This year I added some marans and a welsumer so we'll see how they do.
    I think for cold weather you might want to stay away from the Mediterranian breeds and those with big combs (although I know some how put Vaseline on combs in winter.) Most of the birds with smaller combs seem pretty cold hardy.
    Good luck....so many choices...there are still some I want to try.
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on Black Australorps. I've raised them for many years and they are extremely hardy. I've raised them in northern Kansas where temperatures dropped to 30 F below zero one winter, and in CA where summer temperatures frequently reached 117-118 F (123 F once), and in both climate extremes, they came through like troopers. They are also very calm and gentle. My children, and now my granddaughter, made lap pets of them. And they are the best layers of the standard, brown egg laying breeds. Until it was broken by a caged White Leghorn in 1979, a Black Australorp held the world laying record with 364 eggs in 365 days (still the brown egg laying record), and while I've never had any reach that kind of production (and likely never will), I have still had a few of them lay over 300 eggs in a year. Murray McMurray has an excellent "chick selector" at http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/chick_selector.html to help you determine the best breed for you. Just be sure to click on "show more characteristics." Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Whatever breed you end up getting, good luck with your flock.
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  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! You've gotten some good links and suggestions for breeds above. Easter Eggers are fun because of the colored eggs. If you like colorfully feathered birds, you might also look into the Silver Laced, Gold Laced, and Blue Laced Red Wyandottes, Speckled Sussex, and the Plymouth Rocks also come in a bunch of colors.
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Your best bet on breeds are Buff orps (hardy in cold and hot, great layers, super affectionate) black australorps (same as BOs) speckled sussex (curious, good layers, hardy in cold and hot, friendly) wyandottes (more hardy in cold, great layers, more skittish) barred rocks (curious, friendly, good layers, hardy in heat and cold) EEs (same as barred rocks) and leghorns (hardy in heat, great layers, flighty and skittish.)

    Good luck and welcome!
  7. Austinspoultry

    Austinspoultry Chirping

    Aug 17, 2014
    New Mexico USA
    Ok thanks for the replies I herd that single colored breeds are better for a pen of egg layers for show and I have a buff orp but she's not laying this summer so I think I may go with black australorps
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2014
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC. Whatever you chose, I wish you continued success with your flock
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

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