NEWBIE questions about chicken varieties

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by paulpig, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. paulpig

    paulpig Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2009
    For a total newbie into the chicken coop...What varieties of chickens are the best for egg production, personality, and ease of care???
    My son, the reason for all the intense labor of building a coop, wants to sell eggs.
    He has chosen a wish list from an online hatchery.....I would love experienced peoples opinions on his choices PLUS please SUGGEST away!!! My wife would love colored eggs!!! ( I guess she can dye them)
    Black Star----Phoenix----Blue laced red wyandotte----black frizzle chochine----partridge cochines----silver leghorns-----red caps----rose comb brown leghorns-----silver laced cochins-----sumatrus---sultans---golden campines THank you in advance for any and all advice and education!!!! Paul
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2009
  2. tunaoftheland

    tunaoftheland Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 3, 2008
    If your wife wants colored eggs, I would suggest Easter Eggers, usually labeled as Ameraucanas at hatcheries or feed stores. They lay pale blue and green eggs and while they can look like anything really and have different personalities, I have seven and they are a lot of fun and all pretty. And they lay well too. I like my cochins, but their eggs are a little smaller than the easter eggers. I only have three though, so it might just be my birds. I don't have the other ones on your list though, so I'll let others answer about them [​IMG]
  3. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
    I don't have any, but I have read that Buff Orpingtons are great layers and gentle chickens. RIRs are also good layers. My Cochins are so so layers, but they are nice. I have Salmon Favorelle and they were laying all winter! They are very gentle, even the rooster!
    [​IMG] I love my Favorelle! I am getting some Orpingtons soon!

    Like the other post said, Easter eggers are really nice!
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2009
  4. Ravenseye

    Ravenseye Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 30, 2008
    Pepperell, MA
    I'm new to chickens but I just got two Red Stars. They're younger than my RIR and BR but they outlay them. They're calmer too....not that the others are a problem, but the two Red Stars are very peaceful. They lay bigger eggs too.
  5. Xtina

    Xtina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    I got my first chickens ever this year, so I'm not the most experienced person, but I can tell you about my experience.

    I got a barred rock, a buff orpington, and a rhode island red. The orpington laid first, at about five months. I don't remember who laid next but both the other two laid eggs the next month. My favorite hen is the barred rock. She and the orpington both lay similar quality eggs but the barred rock is friendlier. I wouldn't get the rhode island red again. Her temperament isn't as good and her smaller frame makes smaller eggs. After having looked at the thread where people post their egg pictures, I have to say I'm most jealous of the people who own marans. Those dark brown eggs are so beautiful! I don't know anything about their temperament though.
  6. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    My Light Brahmas are very friendly, calm, and they lay large brown eggs everyday.
  7. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    I have 1 rir and 2 BO hens and I get 3 big beautiful eggs everyday-they were around 5-6 months old when they started 10 months old and I have their eggs in a bator for the first time to hatch out more for eggs and meat--the Bo's we pick up all the time the RIR-NOT SO MUCH! The BO rooster in with them-well hes getting replaced with his son!
  8. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

    Jul 14, 2008
    Stamping Ground, KY
    google Henderson's chicken breed chart. I'd personally love to have sumatras but they are poor layers... Blue laced wyandottes to my knowledge only sell straight run so you'll be getting half roosters (not so good at laying eggs as hens [​IMG]). I started with Ameraucanas last year (actually easter eggers, not fitting the breed standard for shape and coloring). I love them and am ordering more chicks this year. I have gold laced wyandottes. You can order those pullets (girls) only. They are such lap birds!

    I'd suggest ordering the rainbow layer assortment that a lot of the larger hatcheries offer. It's sort of a grab bag of breeds, all girls. The hatchery chooses what you'll get but half the fun is guessing what breed each chick is!
  9. citygirl

    citygirl Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2008
    Dayton, Ohio
    I have 2 EEs which are my favorite hens. My Cuckoo Marans rooster and my Black Copper Marans rooster have great dispositions so I'm hoping the pullets will too. Of course they are beautiful to look at and those dark brown eggs are gorgeous.
  10. paulpig

    paulpig Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2009
    THANK YOU for all the info.............I am still writing it all down!!!!! I also need to cross reference to see what all these breeds look like before we order!!!!

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