Next Year's Chicken Breeds! UPDATED

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by FamilyOfChickens, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. FamilyOfChickens

    FamilyOfChickens Songster

    Mar 24, 2007
    Northwest Indiana
    All right, so next year we're thinking of getting just a few chicks, from My Pet Chicken. Yeah, it's early, but I just figured 'Why not?'
    So far we're pondering 2 of the Bantam Assortment, a Buff Orpington, Light Brown Leghorn, and either a Speckled Sussex or a Salmon Faverolles. All hens, this time. What do you guys think about these breeds? And how do you think the bantams would do with the others?
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2007
  2. Agilityscots

    Agilityscots Songster

    Jun 9, 2007
    Central Ohio
    I'm new to chickens but have to say that my 5 came from MPC, and my BO Ruby is my absolute favorite. She is affectionate, curious, smart and so sweet. I wish I'd ordered 5 Buff Orpingtons!

  3. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    Leghorns are supposed to be super flighty, and I know nothing about BOs since I've never owned any. I can tell you that the Speckled Sussex are amazing chickens though! Mine are so sweet, when I sit down in the coop, my Speckled Sussex, Besty and Specks, are the first to jump in my lap. As for keeping the bantams and the standards together, I've done it before with no problems.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Sounds good. I have bantams and standards together no problem. As for leghorns, they are super flighty if you don't give them enough attention. I thought all mine were crazy, then sold just two chicks to another person, and they didn't think they were crazy at all! Shows what happens when you raise 25 rather than just two! Plus... I think their two kids handled them till they were soft!
  5. I love my bo's i have 4 and all are sweet and very gentle. I also have 3 brown leghorns, yes they can be flightly, but one i have is the funniest out of the bunch.
  6. FamilyOfChickens

    FamilyOfChickens Songster

    Mar 24, 2007
    Northwest Indiana
    Well, I've never heard anything about a Buff Orp, and even my younger brother-who-never-gets-excited-about-anything even wants one. [​IMG]

    I really like the way leghorns look, but I don't really want a flighty bird. So maybe we'll get 2 Bantams, a BO, a Speckled Sussex, and a Salmon Fav.?

    Thanks for the input.
  7. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Galesburg, IL.
    I have 5 Salmon Fav's and I thought they were going to be the most gentle and loving breed of the bunch that I ordered. In turn, they are skittish, weary, flighty and aloof. They will peck the heck out of me everytime I attempt to pick them up to handle them. I don't know if this is normal or if I just got 5 that are different. I don't want you to not order them them just because I may have had a bad bunch. Maybe someone else with more experience with the SF can tell you more definitively what their temperment is like.
  8. catballou24

    catballou24 In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2007
    Austin, TX
    i really really really want a blue laced red wyandotte. i'm borderline obsessed with finding a couple...[​IMG] we are actually going to get 4 more grown hens now since 4 out of 7 of our saved chicks turned out to be roos! [​IMG] we found a great home for one of them and are looking for one more. are keeping 2 though. [​IMG]

    if i could find grown BLRW's now, i'd be the happiest chicken lady on the block...[​IMG]
  9. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR

    I must apologize to you. I laughed at you when I first read your posts topic. [​IMG]

    Now you can laugh at me 'cuz DH and I decided yesterday to order 25 Silver Spangled Hamburg gals for our SSH cockeral who was our free mystery chick.

    Paybacks are poultry!!! [​IMG]

  10. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Orpingtons. Definately. I've GOT to get some calmer, quieter, friendlier birds. I'd love a few Buffs and Blues......maybe by the time I can get this bator figured out Suede's girls will be in full production? [​IMG] (hint, hint)

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