Official BYC Poll - What Breed Characteristics are Most Important to You?

What are your most important characteristics when choosing a breed?

  • Temperament

    Votes: 300 76.9%
  • Cold Hardiness

    Votes: 151 38.7%
  • Heat Hardiness

    Votes: 132 33.8%
  • Egg Production

    Votes: 198 50.8%
  • Egg and Meat Production (dual purpose)

    Votes: 64 16.4%
  • Egg Color

    Votes: 125 32.1%
  • Egg Size

    Votes: 69 17.7%
  • Meat Production

    Votes: 9 2.3%
  • Aesthetics / Looks

    Votes: 180 46.2%
  • Good Broodies

    Votes: 56 14.4%
  • Lack of Broodiness

    Votes: 49 12.6%
  • Pedigree

    Votes: 13 3.3%
  • Showability

    Votes: 33 8.5%
  • Heritage, Endangered, Rare

    Votes: 80 20.5%
  • Size

    Votes: 69 17.7%
  • Feed Consumption (cost to feed)

    Votes: 36 9.2%
  • Purchase Price

    Votes: 58 14.9%
  • Resistance to Diseases and Parasites (hardiness)

    Votes: 161 41.3%
  • Other

    Votes: 35 9.0%

  • Total voters
    390

Madhouse Pullet

Jaki 🐄 Moo
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Mar 18, 2014
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But then it's too late....
I strongly dislike the taste of chicken ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I agree i would have to move..

What's going on all feels sort of apocalyptic. Hence I'm eating my chickens. There was no chicken in the store for about a month!
It really does feel that way, especially in some parts of the country. We don't have a shortage on eggs or chicken anymore but, I do imagine if I was in the position to do it, I wouldnt hesitate - especially to feed my family.

I chose temperament, heat hardy, and disease resistant.

I wanted a breed that was friendly enough to share the experience with my kids.

I live in central California where summers can be in the 100's and winters arent cold enough to snow. Having a chicken that can withstand the heat is a must!

Disease resistant because I am still new to raising chickens so I figured that was important.
 

mopalia

Chirping
May 5, 2018
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I chose my silver laced Wyandottes because I thought they were gorgeous (that are) and I wasn't concerned about much else. Next time, my primary characteristic will be DOES NOT FLY. My whole run is netted because of one chicken, not hawks, and I can't let them free range because there are dogs in the surrounding yards that she would probably fly into .
 

Parront

Free Ranging
Jul 27, 2017
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Prescott, AZ
I am raising Barred Hollands. I wanted them because they are supposed to be a dual-purpose white egg layer. Since mine are 6 weeks old, I will say that so far, they are much friendlier than other white egg layers even as chicks. They are a rare heritage breed, that deserves more attention. Supposed to be hardy in heat and cold, time will tell, Arizona heat is deadly. I like that they are easier to sex, roosters are very obvious at 4 weeks. I hope that they have some resistance to disease, that is a very important thing to me, with heat and cold stress, disease resistance is not optional! So far, they have all survived the Post Office shipping ordeal, so +1 on the hardiness scale!
 
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Amer

Enabler
Nov 8, 2017
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I am raising Barred Hollands. I wanted them because they are supposed to be a dual-purpose white egg layer. Since mine ore 6 weeks old, I will say that so far, they are much friendlier than other white egg layers even as chicks. They are a rare heritage breed, that deserves more attention. Supposed to be hardy in heat and cold, time will tell, Arizona heat is deadly. I like that they are easier to sex, roosters are very obvious at 4 weeks. I hope that they have some resistance to disease, that is a very important thing to me, with heat and cold stress, disease resistance is not optional! So far, they have all survived the Post Office shipping ordeal, so +1 on the hardiness scale!
Where did you get them? Sounds like a worthy endeavor!
 

Flockincrazy

Songster
May 23, 2020
1,929
3,786
203
Elyria, Ohio
I choose mine mainly on hardiness we get crazy all over the place weather here in Northern Ohio so I need a flock that can adapt and that has a good temperament so my kids don't get hurt and enjoy the chickens we have 1 sassy rescued rooster but he is getting better the more we handle him
 

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casportpony

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8 Years
Jun 24, 2012
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I choose mine mainly on hardiness we get crazy all over the place weather here in Northern Ohio so I need a flock that can adapt and that has a good temperament so my kids don't get hurt and enjoy the chickens we have 1 sassy rescued rooster but he is getting better the more we handle him
Adorable!
 

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