Official BYC Poll - What Breed Characteristic Is Most Important?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Nifty-Chicken, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. Climate Hardiness

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Meat Production

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Aesthetics / Looks / Showability

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Egg Production / Quantity

    4 vote(s)
    33.3%
  5. Temperament / Personality

    7 vote(s)
    58.3%
  6. Egg Color

    1 vote(s)
    8.3%
  7. Heritage / Endangered

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    There are a TON of reasons why we choose the breeds we do, but everybody has a specific characteristic that are the most important... so, what's yours?

    Our Chicken Breeds section really shows off the ton of diversity in chicken breeds. Here are the characteristics often used when deciding on a specific breed:


    Climate Hardiness
    Meat Production
    Aesthetics / Looks / Showability
    Egg Production / Quantity
    Temperament / Personality
    Egg Color
    Heritage, Endangered

    It may be hard to choose just one, but do your best! [​IMG]
     
  2. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is hard to pick just one characteristic! I chose temperament/personality as the most important thing. My chickens are pets. [​IMG]
     
  3. bg

    bg Out Of The Brooder

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    Personality is so important , when everyone is fighting it will turn out like the American economy. So if you chicks have a pleasant personality and temperment, most everything else works its way out.
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    well, seeing as how I have Marans and Ameraucanas, you would know that I chose - Egg Color
     
  5. Keara

    Keara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is hard to chose one characteristic. I am looking for a good cold hardy, meat/egg layer combo, with a great personality! Heritage breed is icing on the cake. I am working with Marans right now and I love egg color but right now it is not important. I am going to try a few Wyndottes next year as I think they are going to be the perfect meat/egg combo bird for our Vermont location.

    I guess in order of importance I have

    1. Climate Hardiness
    2. Meat/Egg combo bird
    3. looks*
    4. Personality/Temperment
    5. Heritage
    6. Egg color

    *I have to keep "pretty" birds as they range on my neighbors lawn, and she likes to see "all the colorful chickens". I rank it high 'cuz it's a good neighbor thing.
     
  6. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    I had a hard time picking just one trait:-(

    1.) winter hardy for sure
    2.) temperment
    3.) egg color-doesnt matter how often they lay just as long as I get some eggies couple times a week!
     
  7. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I chose temperament/personality because while it isn't the characteristic that gets you in the door, with very limited space it's the one that determines which birds stay. The ones that get you in the door are aesthetics, egg production, and egg color. Production qualities are important, but with so many breeds out there that meet my production needs I really want a "pretty" bird too.
     
  8. showmesilkies

    showmesilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't pick just one.....There should be a vote for "all the above"[​IMG]
     
  9. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    It never ceases to amaze me how many folks choose for personality/temperament when choosing a food animal. Clearly, BYC folks are more into raising chickens for the pet factor than for food production....which still amazes me.
     
  10. Amyable

    Amyable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Need an option for Dual Purpose. It's really tough to choose whether egg production or meat is more important, so I went with Heritage/Endangered because lots of those birds are suitable for both.

    Cold hardiness is quite important, but Egg color is just for fun!
     

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