I'm curious about chickens, What's a good duel purpose breed?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Dannyo, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. Dannyo

    Dannyo Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 24, 2008
    I am in no hurry to get my own, but some day I will. What are some good duel purpose breeds. I don't care much for the looks, they are pretty, sure, but looking at pretty birds will leave you hungry.

    Thanks for any suggestions, Oh if possible pictures would be great as I am a complete noob, and won't remember the names well with out the visual reinforcement.
  2. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Orpingtons, black australorps and white rocks are all very good dual purpose breeds.
  3. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    I would agree with Robin's list, but add Rhode Island Reds/Whites and New Hampshires as well [​IMG]
    Good luck!
  4. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    This is the chart I always show people, it has a large range of birds and their traits and types.


    You can either pour over it now, to pick out ones that say things like “Dual Purpose” and see which are “Fancy” or “layer” etc under the “CLASS and TYPE” column, or after you get some suggestions here, use it to learn more about the specific ones you might like.

    Note that there are some breeds that come in both Large and Bantam sizes, obviously you want the large ones, but this way , you know to keep an eye out for that, etc. It has links to other sites that have lots of pictures too.

    Oh, and for what it’s worth, Road Island Reds (RIR) and/or New Hampshire Reds (NHR) would be my choice if you want the max eggs from a still good sized bird. Good solid birds too, few problems etc. The others have also given lots of good suggestions, including CovenantCreeks mention that there is an 'Old-Type' of RIR which is stockier and meatier than the newer strains which are getting more and more streemlined I agree.

    Also, the bigger the bird, the more they eat, especially some breeds which were originally meat breeds, but have since become more dual purpose. It's something to keep in mind if you're thinking about economy. You can't short on feed quality or quantity, it'll cost more in the long run with poor health and low production, both meat and eggs, but it's worth cosidering when picking a breed for purely practical reasons.
  5. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Add barred rocks to the list - nice big birds. We also have buff orpingtons and these two would be my top pick for dual purpose. BO's have white skin instead of yellow like other chickens though but the birds are very friendly.

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