Just Starting Out

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by swflchick, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. swflchick

    swflchick New Egg

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    Any advice on the right breed for the first time chicken parent? I would like a less expensive, egg laying, friendly bird that we can get to know as the family pet. My girls are interested in eventually showing chickens too.
     
  2. gkeesling

    gkeesling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started out with Plymouth Barr Rocks. They work out very well. They are hardy for the winter and good brown egg layers.
     
  3. FLF

    FLF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started out with Barred Plymouth Rocks, too and would highly recommend them! I also had Black Australorps, they were very beginner friendly.
     
  4. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    Delawares- I have 16 7 week old Dels who are very friendly. They have come up to me instead of running away from the beginning. Check out the Delaware thread- it's long, but you will see how many people have posted about the friendliness of their Dels.
     
  5. poultryhaven

    poultryhaven Addicted to Seramas!

    Jan 19, 2009
    Ocala, FL
    I would suggest Speckled Sussex, They are gentle, pretty and friendly [​IMG]
     
  6. RAREROO

    RAREROO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Barred Rocks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  7. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    i started out with EEs, Plymouth Rocks, and New Hampshire Reds all very good starter breeds
     
  8. 95yj

    95yj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'd stay away from EE's if you ever want to show anywhere, plus i have to admit that i'm biased against mixed breeds. RIR's are good, plymouth rocks are good, dominiques are even better if you can find them. NH reds are also a good choice. Or you could get a bunch of chickens that aren't great egg producers, ex. about 30 japanese hens.
     
  9. 95yj

    95yj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    silkies would be a good all around bird for your purposes.
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Barred Rocks or Delawares, either one, are fabulous. If you're wanting to show them at APA sanctioned shows, you should probably get them from a breeder rather than a hatchery.
     

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