Michigan Chickens (what breed)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Anny, May 2, 2008.

  1. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    I am trying to figure out what type of chickens I want. I want 2-4 chickens. I want them more as pets then for anything else, so I need a friendly breed. They will never to eaten so the "meatyness" doens't matter. And I don't really care what color eggs they lay, or if they are high egg layers as I don't eat eggs, and will selling or giving away most if not all the eggs. ( I want to raise chickens as pets, and I want to be able to provide family and friends with cruelty free eggs)

    So here is my question, what breed of chicken is friendly out going, entertaining, and can handle LONG cold winters, and snow.

    I would also like to get adult chickens or at least "teen age" chickens doesn any one know where I can get them??...or do i simply have to search for chicken people in my area.

    Thank you!
  2. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Songster

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan

    I am in Michigan too. What part are you in? From what I read, the australorps are cold-hearty and lay well in the winter.
    If you go to My Pet Chicken, it has a series of questions you can answer and it gives breed suggestions.
  3. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    Funny, I actually just got done taking that little quiz on My Pet Chicken right before reading this.

    The result it gives me are to many to choose from though! But the site has been very usful.

    Thank you.

    I live in the South East part of Michigan.
    How about you?
  4. farm_mom

    farm_mom Songster

    Mar 11, 2008
    I've raised a variety of breeds here in MI, and any of the heavy breeds handle the winters well, but if you're in the southern part of the state you could probably get away with some smaller breeds as well. The friendliest, calmest birds I've ever raised were Orpingtons, Australorps, and Barred Rocks. Good Luck! [​IMG]
  5. fullhouse

    fullhouse Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    We have RIR, Buff Orp and mutts. If you go to My Pet Chicken they have a chicken selector for hardness, temperament, etc.
  6. runamuck

    runamuck Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern michigan
    I live in Northern Michigan and my bantam Cochin handle the cold well. They are really fluffy and sweet birds ( big puffy balls) I also have phoenix and they do well too. We had a small amount of frostbite on the combs this winter but nothing that caused to much damage and they healed up well. Phoenix are social and friendly ( some say they are flighty) I dont see it. I have one Norbert that will come when called allow u to pick him up at any time and will sit on your lap all day long if u let him.
  7. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Songster

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    Im smack-dab center of Taylor-tucky...downriver area, about 20 minutes south of Detroit. [​IMG]

    Completely illegal to own chickens where I live...so my chicks will have to wear disguises.

    What city are you in?
  8. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    I'm in Detroit, Corktown, (also illegal to have chickens, but honestly some one up the block has GOATS! and chickens so I think I'm good.)

    I am planning on having my coop inside the garage, with a doggy door doing out to the back yard, to a dog run.
  9. Cheep Mama

    Cheep Mama Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    Buff orpingtons are very friendly and do good in cold.

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