Need help with picking a breed

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jaimslee4u, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. jaimslee4u

    jaimslee4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used breed choosers before but can't really find what I was looking for so I am asking the experts.

    We currently have 4 hens and room for atleast 2 more. In the Spring I want to buy some new chicks to add to the flock.

    I want to find a bird that will show well at local poultry shows, is friendly (I have young kids) & easy to handle, will winter well (southern Maine), produce eggs, and is pretty....

    Currently I have two buff's and two rocks. Any ideas?

    & where to find them that will ship two chicks? The local places don't sell all the special birds.
     
  2. muddipuppy

    muddipuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Pet Chicken, I believe, is the only place that will sell as few as 3 chicks. They need each other for warmth. You could always order more and then sell the ones you don't want.
     
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    muddipuppy: They need each other for warmth.

    I second that..

    jaimslee4u: Currently I have two buff's and two rocks

    When you say Buff's do mean Buff Orpingtons? Or something else?
    ( There is a lot of Buff breeds out there )

    Are your Rocks Barred Rocks?

    You might consider a different color of the same breed you all ready have...

    Chris​
     
  4. ethingtonart

    ethingtonart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I vote for a true Ameraucana. They are really pretty and sweet, they lay blue eggs (which will be a big hit with the kids) and they are cold hardy.

    Check the Ameraucana breeders club for pictures and a listing of breeders near you.

    edit to add... man, I sound like an advertisement [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2009
  5. muddipuppy

    muddipuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cochins and Brahmas are huggable and kid friendly as well. You could get bantams or standards.
     
  6. muddipuppy

    muddipuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    muddipuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what about silkies?
     
  8. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

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    Meyer's Hatchery will also send as few as three.
     
  9. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say Speckled Sussex. Very pretty, good layer and tolerates the cold well.
     
  10. Eggzactly

    Eggzactly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Speckled sussex
     

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