Looking for the right chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Taytaywags, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. Taytaywags

    Taytaywags New Egg

    Apr 1, 2015
    I live in Ohio where the weather is impossible to predict. I was wondering if anyone would know of the right chicken(hens) that would adapt well in the freezing cold, hot weather, and rainy days and would produce a well amount of eggs. I know this is asking a lot but if you had any information that would be great.
    Thank you
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Australorps and black sex links would probably be the most recomended for your varying weather along with their good egg production. Here is the link for the breeds section https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds

    Wishing you the very best of luck and hope you enjoy BYC. I am sure you will everyone here to help and very friendly :frow
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Here are a couple of links to some nice chicken breed comparison charts you might like http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html and http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/chickenbreedcomparison.pdf and http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/breed-list.aspx when you have narrowed down your choices, don't forget to check the BYC Reviews section for member reviews on the different breeds. https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds
    The Black or Red Sex Links (like Golden Comet, Red Stars, ISA Browns etc) are probably the most popular layers around. If you want breeds that don't lay quite as well but will lay for a longer time, X2 that Orpingtons and, Australorps are a good choice, Plymouth Rocks, Sussex, Delaware and Wyandottes are some other popular breeds, the Easter Egger, is a fun breed because they usually lay green/blue eggs, all those breeds usually do fine in the Ohio area.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    I suggest the Wyandotte. [​IMG]Mine have been hardy to -20 degree temperatures and 100 degree heat. They've been pretty good layers (250+ eggs each per year) and have had excellent temperaments.
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Aside from the breeds already suggested, I would recommend buff orpington, speckled sussex and easter egger chickens. They are all cold hardy and usually do well in heat. They are great layers and very friendly birds.
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided join our flock. I would recommend Australorps. They are extremely hardy. I've raised them where winter temperatures dropped to 30 F below zero, and where summer temperatures frequently reached 117-118 F (sometimes more), and in both climate extremes they did just fine. In addition they are very calm and gentle (my children and granddaugher made lap pets of them), and the best layers of the standard, brown egg laying breeds. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Whatever breed you decide to get, good luck with your flock.
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    In contrast to other areas of USA, I think the Middle west - OHIO have fairly normal weather. At least for people living there.
  9. Taytaywags

    Taytaywags New Egg

    Apr 1, 2015
    Thank you for the wonderful suggestions. I have done some research and was wondering if the Plymouth rock, Rhode Island red, and/or the white leghorn chicken would do well for a beginner like me?
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    I've had all three of those breeds and I would give a big thumbs up to the Plymouth Rock which is a very hardy, dependable, productive, and generally docile breed. I've occasionally had an aggressive PR over the years, but that's definitely been the exception rather than the rule. Rhode Island Reds are slightly better layers than PRs, but are sometimes aggressive (especially the roosters and hatchery quality RIRs). I wouldn't personally recommend White Leghorns for beginners even though they are egg laying machines as they are typically high strung and flighty. My Leghorns screamed bloody murder whenever I handled them and my children were never able to make the lap pets of them that they were of our dual purpose breeds (It's the reason I don't have Leghorns anymore).
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