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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by silvercitydude, Jan 10, 2016.

  1. silvercitydude

    silvercitydude New Egg

    Jan 9, 2016
    Good People,
    Thank you for your help and forgive my ignorance. I am hoping to start a flock of chickens. We have a nice patch of family land that has large covered aviarys my grandfather used to raise peacocks in. I can keep chickens in these nice large foragable pens or let them free range. I want my hens to go broody and be good mothers, I want my roosters to protect. I like eggs, but am much more interested in flock growing and using birds for meat as flock grows. I am looking for info on breeds that might fit, or multiple breeds. I am not overly concerned about a pure line. I am in SC. I should mention I am already raising Mucovy ducks. They are awesome and Bob White quail, the are not awesome.

    Thanks for all your help and knowledge.
  2. jimbob86

    jimbob86 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2015
    My Coop
    A dual purpose breed that broods well, with protective roos ..... not concerned with a pure line ......

    Orpington hens and a Barred Rock roo?
  3. calpal212

    calpal212 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2015
    Southern Colorado
    If you like eggs and want broody mothers I would suggest a mixed flock of leghorns (for eggs) and cochins (for good mothers) as for a rooster I would look online for an older roo that people are trying to get rid of that you know it is protective
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Roosters are only protective to a point- they aren't going to defeat most predators. So the flock would still be in danger. The best a rooster can do is sound the alarm so his hens will run and hide, if possible.
  5. silvercitydude

    silvercitydude New Egg

    Jan 9, 2016
    I have someone who has offered a cukoo maran rooster. I also have someone who will trade me amerecaunas or barred rocks hens for some quail. Any thoughts on those breeds. I think I should relist my priority.

    1. Mothering
    2. Carcass
    3. Eggs
    My space is well protected from larger predators. Would love a rooster that would harrass old Mr. No Shoulders (snake) when he comes around
    Thank you for all your great feedback already.
  6. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    Quote:If you take the BR hens, get yourself a nice rooster that can be put over them to result in sex linked chicks (one of the most common is to use a RIR or NHR, but there are plenty of options - you can refer to this thread https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/261208/sex-linked-information for some great information) -- that would eliminate the offered Maran.
  7. CLSranch

    CLSranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2015
    NE OK
    I switched to Dark Cornish because of the what some call excessive broodieness and I can eat the extra cockerels. Having a barred rock roo in the mix wouldn't hurt.
  8. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013

    Thanks for joining us and good luck with your plans!
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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