Looking for layer for family pet? Suggest a breed please!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by minnesotachicken, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. minnesotachicken

    minnesotachicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new with all of this, and am looking for a good layer, that will be gentle/ docile to be around children!! If anyone has experience with a good breed like this, please let me know!!!
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I too have children and all of my hens are fine with kids. Some prefer to not be held though. My most friendly and huggable girl is my light brahma. With kids, you'll want to get an Easter Egger (called Americauna by feed stores and hatcheries). They can lay any color egg, but most often lay blue or green eggs. My kids think the green eggs are so neat!
     
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  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Plus, I see you are in MN. Brahma's are also very cold hardy and lay well in winter.
     
  4. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    We have several breeds, but the Delawares are our pets. They are so sweet and come up for chest rubs and, "hugs!"

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  5. dolly85

    dolly85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My favorite pet growing up was a little Rhode Island Red hen. Ohhhh she was so nice, followed me around like a puppy and loved to be held! I don't think that her personality is typical of the breed, however, they lay lots of eggs! My best advice is to get some sexed chicks and handle/play with them every day. Give them corn as a treat and they will love you no matter what breed you choose. [​IMG]

    ETA She also left me an egg every morning through out the cold winter and very rarely went broody.
     
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  6. InsaneBreeder

    InsaneBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The most docile and friendly layer breed I've ever had are buff orpingtons. One of mine will run right up to me to be picked up and carried around. Her only downside is that she regularely kidnaps and runs away with my hairband.
     
  7. buffbeauty

    buffbeauty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Orpingtons!!
     

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