Looking for a new breed to try

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Clay In Iowa, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. Clay In Iowa

    Clay In Iowa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Near Wilton Iowa
    Does and bird fit these requirements????

    1---Primary requirement is COLD hardy

    I'm tired of frost bitten birds. My coop is unheated, but insulated and draft free. Still I have to put 4 birds down last year due to severe frost bit (poor birds : ( )

    2--- A Primo egg layer

    with feed prices here hitting the rediculous level .. I need to maximise my returns.

    3--- A decent table bird would be nice....

    4--- Good with kids a must

    5--- likes to forage..

    They'll have 15,000+ feet inside a poultry fence to roam and eat lots of bugs, mice, snakes, frogs, Mulberrys, plumbs etc. Sadly WAY to many preditors outside the fence to let them just go free...

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Do a search on Buckeyes. I have no experience with them, but from what I have read it sounds as if they might meet your specifications.

    Oops, just read your sig line. [​IMG]

    Are the Buckeyes not meeting your needs?
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2011
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Buckeyes, Chanteclers, Wyandottes, Houdans, Araucanas, certain strains of Easter Eggers.

    Emphasis on the two italic ones. Very cold hardy, very good table birds, and although I don't know of Chantecler production, Araucanas lay nearly every day except when they're broody.
  4. Clay In Iowa

    Clay In Iowa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Near Wilton Iowa
    Quote:LOL no worries.

    I gave then a try and they are ok... Poor eggs layers though and for no explanable reason.. will NOT leave the coop.. I've thrown them out and closed the pop door and waited fro a few hours, the very second I open it they are right back in... I was told they are GREAT FORAGERS.. what ever... really odd.

    They do take the cold very well and are gentle with my kids are a good table bird but really fail in the egg laying catagory. They also like a much higher protien feed which is redicuolouosly expensive.

    So I'm just exploring my options.....

  5. moodlymoo

    moodlymoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2011
    Portland OR
    I absolutely love my Delaware and my Buff Brahama. Not sure about egg production but boy those girls love to forage and are BIG girls who produce a lot of heat
  6. MomToTheZoo

    MomToTheZoo Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 23, 2011
    Western Washington
    On paper Salmon Faverolles fit a bunch of your requirements. This is my first time with chickens and SF's so not much help sorry [​IMG]
  7. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    My first set of chickens were AmberLinks (sex link). they started laying at 18 weeks, and were very cold hardy! I have 5 kids and they were good therre too...not sure about the table though lol...... Good Luck!!!
  8. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    Ditto on the Araucanas! My cockerels that I am keeping for breeding are beastly, nice plump legs and a very filled out breast. They're about 17 weeks old now. They would have been good table birds even if butchered earlier. And Araucanas have pea combs, small and compact so as not to get frostbitten. And they forage like champs. They're always in the grass and brush eating plants a bugs when they free range.
  9. stubbornhill

    stubbornhill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    Shapleigh, Maine
    How about some Speckled Sussex. Sounds like they would be a good match.
  10. Rocky Road

    Rocky Road Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    I have Plymouth Rocks (barred and partridge) and Light Sussex, both love to forage and grow well.

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