Ideas for breeds of chickens!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rdcowman, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My breeding stock came from private breeders in several states
    Brahmas- Kansas, Missouri, and South Carolina
    Spitzhaubens- Texas and Kansas
    Sumatras- Missouri
    English Orpingtons- Kansas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Missouri
    Swedish Flowers- Florida, Kansas, and New Jersey
    Iowa Blues- Kansas

    Most breeds of bantams as decent cold weather layer of course they lay considerably smaller eggs than the large breeds. English Orpingtons are not very consistent layers. They tend to start and stop for periods of them throughout the year.
     
  2. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most all breeds will get along with each other after a period of adjusting.
     
  3. rdcowman

    rdcowman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok! There's so many breeds to choose from!!![​IMG] haha!
     
  4. rdcowman

    rdcowman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow that's a lot of states! Thanks so much for your advice!![​IMG]
     
  5. rdcowman

    rdcowman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When the chicks get old enough to be put with the big chickens, how do I do that?
     
  6. GingersHuman

    GingersHuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love my Leghorns and Australorps!
     
  7. rdcowman

    rdcowman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they good egg layers?
     
  8. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

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    I posted earlier and saw that you were wondering where people get their birds. It really depends on what you want....if you don't want show quality birds just order from a hatchery or get chicks from your local feed store, it's not worth spending the money for show quality birds when in the end it doesn't matter to you. BUT, if you do want show quality birds, don't buy from a hatchery, but from a breeder. :) And a few other notes I'd like to add too.
    1. Leghorns are exceptional layers but the vast majority of them are flighty and unfriendly.
    2. Buff Orpingtons are incredible personality wise...they will follow you around like dogs! And while they lay nice large, brown eggs, just like someone else mentioned here, they lay on and off and take "vacations" from laying. If you are looking for a very friendly bird though, Buff Orpingtons are the way to go. :D
     
  9. Leigti

    Leigti Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Rhode Island red, a barred rock, a buff rock, a white rock, three Easter Eggars, one black australorp, two silver laced wyandottes, and two speckled Sussex.
    They are all cold hardy and are good egg layers. The friendliest are the speckled Sussex. I highly recommend any of these breeds but so far my sentimental favorites are the silver laced wyandottes. Maybe because I've had them the longest, three years.
    I ordered four of them as started pullets, around 15 to 20 weeks old, from McMurray hatchery. That is one way to avoid the hassle of dealing with chicks. But it is very expensive. The rest I have gotten at the local feed stores. I'm just looking for pets that lay eggs. Not worried about show quality etc. But if you do want more "quality" and specific breed type, then I would suggest checking out the breed threads here on the forum and buying from people here that have them available.
    I am personally a little hesitant to buy from craigslist, I'm a little paranoid that the new chickens would bring in some kind of disease because I don't really know how they were raised etc. I'm sure there's some sort of risk from that even if I get them from the feed store but I still prefer to skip craigslist all together. But that's just me. There are honest good people out there.
     
  10. rdcowman

    rdcowman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So Leghorns would not be like RIR then! I would like lots of eggs though! But i don't want unfriendly chickens! I like RIR because there very friendly once they get to know you! I might think about Buff Orpingtons! I don't want show quality birds i just want chickens that lay eggs![​IMG] I don't know if you have heard of Theisen's!? I get my chicken food there! They sell chicks but i don't remember if the sign says what breed they are! I don't want to get chicks if i don't know the breed! they sell them in the spring! Someone mentioned ordering chicks form Ideal and Cackle hatchery! Have you ordered from there before? I'm thinking about getting some chicks from one of the hatcheries!

    What do you think?
     

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