Looking to add to my flock. Which breeds would you choose?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by dearduckyducky, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. dearduckyducky

    dearduckyducky Out Of The Brooder

    I have a small back yard flock (14 birds). I'm looking to add a few more to my flock. I already have Rhode Island Red, Black Astralorpes, Black Sexlink, Yellow Sexlink, Aracauna, Barred Rock, and Light Brahmas. Two of my flock are roosters (a Rhode Island Red and a Barred Rock Mix) I'm not looking to breed purebreds. These are purely for egg and personal entertainment.

    I'd like good egg layers.
    I'd love to get a good broody. I had one for many years that raised everything from chickens to turkeys and we even found a kitten under her once.[​IMG]She is so old, she isn't laying or being broody anymore. My other broody was really sick this winter. It left her blind and impaired. I seriously doubt she will go broody this year.

    So, it's back to the farm store we go! We'll be hand raising again this year. They have several breeds to choose from, and I'm not sure which ones would be a good addition. I'm only looking to get a few, so I need to choose wisely.

    We live on the coast of Washington, so I need a breed that can handle rain and windy weather. We don't get too extreme in temps hot or cold, but we do have the rare days.

    Here are the breeds they have in stock now that I might be interested in....
    Buff Orpingtons
    Partridge Cochins
    Buckeyes
    Dominiques
    Mottled Java
    Blue Andolusian
    Golden Spangled Hamburg
    Sicilian Buttercup
    Marans


    Any info on these breeds to help me choose? I'm researching them now (most I don't know at all). But I'd love some advice from people who have been there with these breeds.
     
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2012
  2. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    I only have EEs which I love but I just wanted to say I like your cat. [​IMG]
     
  3. dearduckyducky

    dearduckyducky Out Of The Brooder

    We ended up getting one of the Cochin, one of the EE, and one of the Marans.

    [​IMG] That was my hubby's Opossum. Her name was Boog, and she was VERY sweet and well mannered. She died a couple of years ago.
     
  4. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aww, I didn't know they could make good pets. You should get a pretty bunch of eggs from the chicks you got.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by