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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 3spoileddogs, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. 3spoileddogs

    3spoileddogs In the Brooder

    Aug 25, 2016
    Hey yalls
    I live in North Carolina on the beach. What would be the best friendly laying hens to have? Love to here all a opinions

  2. SueT

    SueT Crowing

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    Take a look at the breed reviews...and look thru forums on friendly breeds. A lot depends on how you raise them.
    I like barred rocks and australorps best ....my grand daughter has a black sex link that is super tolerant of handling by a 4 yr old. These are all good egg producers.
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome. Pleased you joined us. You will get many opinions as to which hens are the friendliest. I have my favorites when it comes to easy going and friendly...Red Stars, Speckled Sussex, Delaware, Black Australorps, and most recently, Naked Necks. I select them for disposition and egg laying ability. Some people say Silkies are super friendly but I've never owned them so I can't speak to that. While certain breeds are just nervous and flighty by nature, so much is how you treat them and how much time you spend with them. Here's a PDF that charts various chicken attributes, including disposition. http://www.artistmelody.com/images/Breeds-Alpha.pdf
    Good luck to you!
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  5. Chicktastick

    Chicktastick In the Brooder

    Nov 13, 2015
    Hello and welcome 3spoileddogs,
    They really do have personalities, no two hens are alike even if they are the same breed. One of my easter eggers is a sweetie, the other is a flat-out spaz and mean to the other birds to boot. Many people swear by australorps and while mine lay great they aren't fans of any kind of handling. Strangely, in my flock the production reds seek out people and love to be petted while my orpington, which I got because "they are so friendly" is the most aloof. Of the breeds I have, I'd say red sex links, production reds and speckled sussex to be friendliest, while barred rock, wyandotte and australorp less so....your results may vary!
    Wishing you the best of luck !
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined us at Backyard chickens.
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  7. 3spoileddogs

    3spoileddogs In the Brooder

    Aug 25, 2016
    This is great information. Keep chatting I am reading and researching

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