Need a breed recommendation!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Lucy4, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Lucy4

    Lucy4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have four 9 month old pullets: two BO's, and two EE's. I'm thinking of adding a couple more next year, but not sure if I want to try a new breed or not. These are my requirements:

    1) Cold-hardy birds.

    2) Good layers

    3) The most important! Breeds that are known to make good "pets". I know a big part of that is the time you put into caring for your birds, and I certainly do. My kids play with them all the time, so I like to make 'em friendly. My BO's are totally wonderful. They are so good with the kids. One of my EE's is a sweetie, and the other is the opposite. She used to attack me, until I gave her a couple thwacks on the head and now she at least has some respect. I've heard with ameraucanas that there's not much of a standard when it comes to personality, since they're bred for egg color anyway. ? (I will say that both EE's are fabulous layers.)

    Anyway... does anyone have a recommendation? I'll be joint ordering with a pal from McMurray, so plenty of options there! Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

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    I would try mypetchicken.com. there is a breed selector tool there, and you can pick the basic characteristics of your bird or birds ( cold hardy, broodiness, how many eggs you want it to lay in a week, rare/fancy, how docile,ect.) and it will find birds that match your preferences. hope this helps!
     
  3. emzee

    emzee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know how cold-hardy either of these breeds are, since I live in Georgia, but I think either Australorps or Rhode Islands would be a good choice. They both lay a lot of eggs and can be docile depending on how much you handle them. I have a Rhode Island hen that is as sweet as can be.
     
  4. Yard full o' rocks

    Yard full o' rocks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can't beat Plymouth Rocks. You can get them in a variety of color patterns (barred, blue, black, white, splash, partridge, buff). They are VERY friendly, curious critters and are cold hardy

    I have them in Blue, Black, Splash, Barred and Partridge
     
  5. Lucy4

    Lucy4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks, y'all! That's a great site, and I really appreciate the other rec's as well. Now I have something to limit my research down to, and that's very helpful. [​IMG]
     
  6. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Black Australorps - I have 7 of them...love them and great layers, good pets and quiet (or so mine are)
     
  7. wing it

    wing it Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. cubalaya

    cubalaya Overrun With Chickens

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    black jersey giants
     
  9. CALIFORNIA WHITES [​IMG]

    They are very friendly and lay tons of eggs!!! and I am not sure about how cold hardy they are?

    Matthew
     
  10. Lucy4

    Lucy4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is great. Thanks everyone!
     

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