Perfect Flock

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by austrolover1, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. austrolover1

    austrolover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am looking to add a few more chicken breeds to my flock of Austrolorps. I was just wondering what three breeds would get recommended the most (I know, this is kind of a weird thread!).[​IMG] I raise chickens for their temperament and egg production. Thanks!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Probably the most common and reliable breeds, buff Orpingtons, barred rocks and EE.
     
  3. austrolover1

    austrolover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, my dad has Buff Orpingtons, but they (unfortunately!) haven't been the best layers. I have an egg business and need more brown-egg-laying chickens. I have looked into and will look into more, Barred Rocks.[​IMG]
     
  4. AshlyMommaWard

    AshlyMommaWard Chillin' With My Peeps

    My buff Orpington Priscilla was a bit slow to mature but once she began laying at about 8 months old she has been one of my best layers!An XL pinkish brown egg 6-7 days a week, as in, she lays for about two weeks and then takes a day, and repeats. But she has been an exception for the breed I suppose. Along with her my best layers (6 or 7 eggs a week) are my easter eggers and my Amber link. The amber link lays xl or jumbo, very light cream colored eggs. I've had bad temperament from every other sex link or production hybrid I've tried.
    From my experience I do not recommend Wyandotte's if you're just after production & temperament.
    As you already know, australorps are great as well, but didn't want to leave them out for future readers, mine is a great layer!
    So I guess all I've got to add to your list is Amber White, or amber link.. Tons of big cream colored eggs. If you need your eggs to be uniform in color with your Australorps then those might not fit the bill either :/
    Good luck!
     
  5. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would add RIR and white leghorns both are great on production and if you add a barred rock roo (if you are able to have them) you can have a self sustaining flock that is sexable at hatch.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Now see you asked for the perfect flock, for a lot of brown eggs go with any of the different types of black sex link hens, dual purpose breeds don't lay as well as straight egg laying breeds.
     
  7. austrolover1

    austrolover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are Black Sex Linkthe same as Black Stars?
     
  8. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they are just a black colored hybrid, from my knowledge if I am wrong I'd like to know what the difference is.
     
  9. TillyPeeps

    TillyPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are the same, both form RIR or New Hampshire Roo x Barred Rock hen. I heard that they are hardier than red stars, but there is no scientific evidence about it.
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    A barred rooster over a Red or Leghorn hen won't make sex link or auto sexing chicks, so they won't be sexable at hatch. All his chicks with the Red would be barred, and the Leghorns tend to carry dominant white so all their babies lean toward white with colored flecks as they mature.

    If you're wanting brown egg layers, red sex links are pretty much the way to go. For lighter/tinted eggs, the Leghorn hybrids like Austra Whites or Tetra tints are good.

    I'm also a fan of barred Rocks, mine have been wonderful layers.
     

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