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Opinions please! Best breeds for a small mixed flock

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by FelixFelicis, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. FelixFelicis

    FelixFelicis Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone!

    We're getting closer to finishing our coop so I'm looking into chicken breeds.

    Our flock will be of just 5/6 hens. At least one of those will be an Orpington. I want a few different breeds, preferably all docile and good layers, who will all get along in the same coop.

    So far I like the look of welsummers, legbars, light sussex and wyandottes.

    What do you suggest?
     
  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    I like Wyandottes, Plymouth Rocks (barred, white, partridge, ect.), Sussex, and Orpingtons.
     
  3. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    I agreed. Australorps are another good breed, and I have heard that legbars are a good choice too. Hope all goes well with your future flock!
     
  4. Six Goldies

    Six Goldies Out Of The Brooder

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    Golden Sex Links, ours have been great layers, X-Large eggs, Autrolorps, beautiful and docile. Cant give a good egg review yet as our girls started laying a month ago and are laying small eggs (although expecting X-large eggs).
    Good Luck with your upcoming brood.. sure love ours!
     
  5. termites1938

    termites1938 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm in a similar situation. The brooder is ready and the coop is almost done. I chose what I hope are calm egg layers. Black Australorp, Barred Rock, Sussex, RIR. Good luck with you flock.
     
  6. chickenpatch

    chickenpatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some pretty breeds are Polish, Frizzles, Hamburgs, SIlkies, Aloha's and general Bantam breeds.
     
  7. HopieGirl4Ever

    HopieGirl4Ever The Chook Artist

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    Good luck! Some breeds I like include Polish, Easter Eggers, and Cochins. Good luck again and let us know what breeds you end up getting! [​IMG]
     
  8. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    Yes, I forgot to mention Easter Eggers!
     
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I would recommend adding Black Australorps to your flock. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds) and they are extremely hardy, calm and gentle (my children and granddaughter made lap pets of them), and the best layers of the standard, brown egg laying breeds.
     

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