If you could only have 10 chickens...

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by nikki1, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. nikki1

    nikki1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2011
    Eatonville, WA
    Run this one up the flagpole and see who salutes!

    If you could only have 10 chickens, which variety/varieties would you get, and why? I'm curious to hear your thoughts.

    --Nikki [​IMG]

    p.s. Just remembered chicken math. "10" could be interpreted rather loosely, I'm afraid. [​IMG]
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Buff orps and white leghorns. Hands down. They are the friendliest and the best layers.
  3. bustermommy

    bustermommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    EEs and Marans. Because of the pretty colors.

    ETA: egg colors.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2011
  4. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2010
    Cadiz Ky
    If I could only have ten I'd probably have a couple each of 5 different breeds. Maybe as follows
    2 australorps
    2 barred rocks
    2 slw
    2 white rocks
    2 orpingtons

    I have all of these breeds now and like them all for various reasons but if I had to go with just one breed it would probably be the aussies. And yes chicken math does happen. I started with 15 bo and some how I now have about 40.
  5. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    Any color LF Sussex and a couple of OEGB. A tiny bird with a big attitude. [​IMG]
  6. OvertheHenHouse

    OvertheHenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2011
    San Diego
    2 Wellsummers
    2 Buff Orps
    2 Golden Laced Wyandottes
    4 EE's
    And might have to trade out Wyandottes for more Wellsummers .. making it 4 Wellsummers and no Wyandottes...just based on experience w temperament...have brahams now, they're young and might swing the vote...Love my marans, but the EE's have so much personality and are totally swaying the vote!
  7. spiritdance

    spiritdance Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2010
    EEs or Ameracaunas (probably EEs for the variety of colors)
    Black Copper Marans (best roos ever for flock protection)
    Dutch bantams (best personality of any breed I've ever had! Real lovebugs!)
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I have to go with variety.

    1 SLW,
    1 RIR,
    1 Black Star
    2 PW Leghorns
    2 Wheaten Ameraucanas
    1 Polish
    1 Olive Egger
    1 FBCM

    ONLY 10 is HARD!

    I can barely make it with 20 hens and I still want MANY more.
  9. Matthew3590

    Matthew3590 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    Middle, TN
    If I can only have 10. Is that with breeding or without breeding? As in I can start with ten but they will then breed to have more?
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2011
  10. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

    Dec 8, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    Like Mahonri, I love variety and find it hard to make a list of 10. If I had to choose only 10, I would choose the following for both personality and a colorful egg basket.

    1 Speckled Sussex
    1 Orpington (any color) or 1 Black or Red Star
    1 Easter Egger
    2 Wheaten or Blue Wheaten Ameraucanas
    1 Black Copper Marans
    2 Welsummers (for egg color)
    2 Barred Plymouth Rocks

    I currently have a flock of 20 and am happy with the breeds:

    1 Speckled Sussex
    2 Easter Eggers (standard size)
    3 Wheaten and Blue Wheaten Ameraucanas
    1 Barred Plymouth Rock (had 2, but just lost one of them)
    1 Black Star
    1 Delaware
    1 Barnevelder
    2 Welsummers
    2 Black Copper Marans
    1 Red Star

    5 Easter Egger Bantams

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