If you had to choose one ... ??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by KGreene, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. KGreene

    KGreene Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 23, 2014
    Just out of curiosity ....

    If you were to choose a single heritage breed, which would you choose and why?
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Probably one of the varieties of Rock. Because i love my hatchery BR hens. I also think their feed to egg/meat ratio would be better than some of the larger heritage breeds.
  3. Talithahorse

    Talithahorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2012
    Hartselle, Al
    I think right now I would have to say that if I had to go to one breed it would probably have to be the rock bars. They are not the fanciest, or the funniest, but are solid, quiet workhorses. The chicks are hardy, the hens good layers of large, pretty, tasty eggs, the roosters are calm and alert but have never shown excessive aggression and they seem to handle just about any weather we have around here. They also seem smart enough to mostly avoid the dangers that some of my other breeds have been oblivious too (ie don't fly into the dog pen).

    That being said I am totally enthralled with the Dorkings right now and if they live up to their reputation they may eventually win me over but I have had Rock bars for years and Dorkings for just weeks.

    I have had other breeds (orphingtons, RIR, silkies, and many more) but it is the rock bars who quietly act as the foundation of my flock.

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  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    True heritage birds, Barred Rocks, hands down. Look at this guy (from Fred's Hen's post, not my bird by any means) and if you have to ask why Rocks, you just don't get it.

    Non-heritage birds, I'd probably go with Easter eggers. I love visual variety and they'd give me that in both the flock and the egg basket.
  5. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens


    TNBEARCHICK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2012
    I am a huge fan of our Coronation Sussex. They are big, gorgeous amazing birds. Good layers and just stunning to watch in the yard.
  7. KGreene

    KGreene Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 23, 2014
    That's a handsome bird!! I currently have a BR roo and 4 hens... although I dont think that my birds bars are nearly as tight as this guys.
  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

    Nov 7, 2012
    I'm so thankful that I'm not faced with that impossible decision. That's like giving a kid $1 to spend on penny candy, and telling him he can only choose 1 kind! But, if I had to choose, I think it would be Dominique. Their egg size is not impressive, and the hatchery chicks that I've had have started out being rather fragile to get started. But, I just love their personality. And I think they are awesome for a bird that ranges well, and is friendly.
  9. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    I love the penny candy illusion, cause that is so me.

    I thought I would love the dominiques, but didn't. Sometimes you don't. Didn't think I would like the EE, but did. Go figure. I love my old yellow as butter BO. Great chicken, great mother...... getting some age on her, so need to add fresh, but a whole flock.....hmmm.

    Personally I am finding out that so far, I don't have a committed favorite as in I would like my whole flock to be.....

    This summer I am adding Buckeye's, Wyandottes and BO...... to my flock. I like a little variety.

    This is such a fascinating hobby...... I am still enjoying it immensely.

    Mrs K
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2014
  10. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

    Nov 7, 2012
    I'm keeping my eye on buckeye. Love the mahogany feathers and the pea comb. I want to get a couple of generations going with my current flock gene pool before adding anything else. So many choices, so little time and space.

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