Need Opinions on Breeds- adding to my flock

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Xival Knievel, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. Xival Knievel

    Xival Knievel Out Of The Brooder

    May 8, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    Hey everyone, I am mostly decided on what I would like to get this year but I would appreciate some opinions. Just to fill you in- my current flock of year old hens consists of: 2 Golden Sex Links, 1 white EE (pink eggs), 1 Speckled Sussex.

    I can add 4 more layer hens this year. Priorities are: number of eggs, flock diversity, and I appreciate docile and affectionate birds. More diverse egg colors are also pretty cool but not so high up on my list. I am pretty decided on three of them- 2 Black Sex Links, and a Buff Orpington.

    The last one is where I'm stuck. I can't decide between a Barred Plymouth Rock or a Welsummer. I wish I could have both but not enough room at this time. Please offer you're opinion on which one for my flock and why, especially those of you who are blessed enough to own these breeds.
  2. The Chickinn

    The Chickinn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
    near SF, CA
    I think you should get a Brown Leghorn, they are a little flighty but if you work with it, it should calm down, and they are pretty, and they are just as good as a layer as a White Leghorn.
  3. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    Sorry, not much help... both my barred rocks and my Welsummer lay consistently, are quiet, docile birds, and just sweet all around. [​IMG]
  4. Xival Knievel

    Xival Knievel Out Of The Brooder

    May 8, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    Thank you both! [​IMG]

    I had narrowed down to those breeds from the selection that my local feed store will be having, so although the brown leghorns look nice they won't really be an option for me.

    I'd still really like to hear more from owners of Welsummers and Barred Rocks.

    BUMPKIN Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 18, 2008
    Southeast Louisiana
    I have a grown pair of Welsummers and a juvenile pullet. The hen and the pulllett are both gentle but I have to carry a BIG stick in with me to feed because of the rooster. He even tries to fight me through the fence when I am in the next run. While my hen lays pretty eggs she is just not very prolific. Usually about three eggs a week. I am really trying to decide whether I want to keep that breed or not.
  6. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    I second the Barred Rock and I would also like to suggest a Black Australorp [​IMG] Mine is very loveable and she is big and fluffy. I'm not sure if she is laying yet, I can't tell. I am getting three eggs a day but I dont' know if she is laying any of them.
  7. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    My barred rock was the friendliest and gave me the most eggs of my three. I don't have experience with Welsummer (sorry), but my australorp was also very very friendly. Hawk got her before she started laying, but I hear they are great layers. I got all mine from a feed store.
  8. abluechipstock

    abluechipstock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2009
    fort ashby, wv
    i like barred rocks and speckled sussex myself
  9. Xival Knievel

    Xival Knievel Out Of The Brooder

    May 8, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    Thanks everyone! Sounds like barred rocks are especially nice and I will see if I can in fact get myself one. I'm excited!!

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