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  1. TheGrundys

    TheGrundys Just Hatched

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    All right, so i am hoping for some guidance from everyone, im originally from the northwest and i loved my grandmother's rhode island reds but living down here in georgia, im going to have to rethink the breed. I have small children so the the breed must be calm and hardy. (And able to handle the heat). I want no more than 5 hens just enough to provide eggs for my family. I not sure if i want a mixed flock or not yet. If you need questions anaswered in order to provide better advise (or just curious) fell free to ask!!!
     
  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you're asking for breed advice, my initial order of chicks was for breeds that were good egg producers that had calm personalities. I got Buff Orpingtons, Golden Buffs (sex-links), New Hampshire Reds, Dominiques, White Plymouth Rocks, one Barred Rock that was a substitute for a bad hatch of Black Austalorps (I got them later), and Speckled Sussex (they did not survive shipping though, I replaced later).

    They are almost old enough to start laying since I got them in January, but personality-wise of that group I recommend the Buff Orps, Dominiques, and Speckled Sussex. I just got some black sex-links a month ago and they are also enjoying being handled.
     
  3. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started with 12 RIRs, and they are pretty calm, except two of the four roosters were aggressive. So, I like that breed, but the roosters have bad reputations. The hens are good, though; I still have two of them.
    You could look into Barred Rocks, too. I really like mine. They are good layers, calm, and pretty.
    I know that some of the really good egg-laying breeds, like Leghorns, are good in places where it's hot, but they are also skittish.
    If they have shade and water, I wouldn't worry too much about the heat as long as you're not getting Orpingtons or one of those breeds that have lots of feathers to withstand the cold.
     
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    TheGrundys Just Hatched

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    Any advise is welcome, but i was initially asking for breed advice. I've heard great things about Buff Orpingtons but i worry about the heat getting to them.
     
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    TheGrundys Just Hatched

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    I know RIRs are great in the cold, how are they with the heat, and thank you i will definitely check into the Barred Rocks.
     
  6. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know how well a Buff Orp would fare in the heat like that. I have one, and I feel really bad for her when it gets hot. Of course, since I'm in northern U.S., it's different here and I need cold-hardy breeds for the winter, so I'm not concerned too much about the heat. They are really calm and friendly, though.
     
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    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are pretty good in the heat. Judging from how mine look and act, they should be fine if they lived in a hot climate. I think it's pretty much the same with Barred Rocks.
     
  8. TheGrundys

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    Im originally from the northwest and on really hot days i would put out frozen 2 liters of water for them to cool down next to, but down here its never really not hot.
     
  9. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    EEs are pretty good in the heat, too. Mine aren't all that friendly, but I didn't take all that much time to tame them. I think that's the most heat-resistant breed I have.
     
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    I'm not quite breed aberviation savey yet, EE?
     

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