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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by K-Karla, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. K-Karla

    K-Karla Hatching

    Jan 5, 2012
    We live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and my family and I are planning to keep some chickens in our back yard. We can have 3 hens and are in the process of building a suitable coop and enclosure for the hens in our large back yard.

    We are thinking of getting hens that are 3 different breeds and are considering the following:
    1 Lemon Cuckoo or Lavender Orphinton
    1 Ameraucana or other blue egg layer- my son is insisting on a blue egg layer
    1 Light Sussex or Barred Plymouth Rock

    We want birds that will be calm, friendly, good egg layers and are able to tolerate our heat and humidity. What birds would you recommend?

    Any guidance you can give us would be most appreciated!



  2. LaBaze

    LaBaze Chirping

    Feb 14, 2011
    Covington, LA
    Hi! Im from Covington LA! Just thought id mention that [​IMG] . I would consider the Ameraucanas,they are decent layers and are very tough and are very smart when it comes to predators, they however dont lay in the colder part of the winter..
    The barred rocks are good layers with lots of personality, we have always enjoyed their personality.
    We have had a Buff Orpington but never lavender, so I dont have much information on them.
    Good luck with your birds and If you have anymore questions just ask! [​IMG]
  3. SueBaby

    SueBaby Songster

    Feb 14, 2011
    Oceanside, CA
    All good choices. It is nice to have different colored eggs. For one thing it looks pretty in a carton, but it's also nice to know exactly who is laying what. [​IMG]
  4. draye

    draye Crowing

    Nov 30, 2010
    Quote:Hello from ------Arkansas and [​IMG].

    Not fimiliar with any of the above, but the Ameraucana (go with that or an Easter Egger {you'd get green or blue eggs]). The Sussex I've heard are big eaters.
  5. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Songster

    Dec 14, 2009
    We started off with barred rocks, buff orpingtons, and rhode island reds, and they were all good choices, though the birds we had tended to pick on each other a lot. We added in some easter eggers after that, and really enjoyed their mild personalities, and the pretty eggs. Our easter eggers do lay throughout the winter, as we almost have more green and blue eggs now, than brown.
    Look at the breed section here, and think about colors, and what you would like to see in your yard, and what color eggs you would like.
    I love the variety in the flock we have now. (A barred rock, buff orpington, turken, cuckoo marans, delawares, rhode island reds, assorted orpingtons, assorted easter eggers, an australorp, a gold and a silver-laced wyandotte, and barnevelders.) I love to look at my little flock! [​IMG]
  6. donnavee

    donnavee Songster

    May 7, 2009
    Central NC
    My only advice is be careful of the dreaded "chicken addition". I wanted 3 pullets, ended up ordering 8 (never hurts to have a few extras). So, now 2 1/2 years later - I have 20 hens and a few ducks too.

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