picking out a flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Arman, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. Arman

    Arman Hatching

    Apr 5, 2009
    i am planning on building a chicken coop and run in my back yard this summer, but i am not sure what breed of chicken to get. i am going to have a small coop with about three four chickens, and i would prefer them to be nice, quiet, good layers, and not fly about a lot. i was thinking of three different breeds right now; cochins, silkies, and RIRs. wat do you think would be the best? could i keep all three types together? or is it better to only get one breed? i would appreciate any input in the matter [​IMG]

  2. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Songster

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    you sure can keep all three types together! if i was in your position i would get one of each [​IMG]

    silkies are the best tempered of all mentioned, too. they take confinement well and can't fly very well. i would be a little skeptical a bout keeping a bantam with RIR's. but there is a bantam variety of RIR. my aunt even has some bantam sized barred rocks and they are adorable! [​IMG]

    you will just love raising chickens! they really are great pets!

    Last edited: Apr 5, 2009
  3. Skitz

    Skitz Skitz15k

    Nov 11, 2008
    yes you can get one of each!
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    If I could only have four.

    Buff Orpington, Cinnamon Queen, Black Star and true Ameraucana.
  5. Arman

    Arman Hatching

    Apr 5, 2009
    Also are these chickens hardy in cold weather? because i live in seattle and it can get pretty cold here. Also would a buff orpington be a better layer than a cochin?
  6. Chicken03

    Chicken03 Songster

    Mar 20, 2009
    Western Pa
    RIR's would be a good choice. They lay lots of eggs and are quiet.
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Buff orp. would probably be a better layer than the cochin; larger eggs too.
    As adorable as silkies are, they are not good layers. They go broody alot and a chicken that is broody is not laying eggs. Plus, if you only have hens the broody silkie will be sitting on infertile eggs. You'll spend about half your time breaking her of her broodiness.
    In case you haven't already seen it, here's the link to Henderson's Chicken Chart, to help you decide on breeds:


  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    [​IMG] It's difficult to say what you should get for breeds. If you asked a lot different people you would probably get many different answers. Some may agree on the breeds. Also do you want dual purpose or just good egg layers. Here is a great reference book, Gail Damerow's 'Storey's Guide to Chickens' is an excellent resource, as well as this web site which is an excellent source of information.

    These sites are especially helpful in selecting breeds.
    Henderson's Chicken Breed Chart

    Also here are some other good sites and info and more good links.
  9. Arman

    Arman Hatching

    Apr 5, 2009
    i just wanted good layers, i am not at all interested in their meat. but i did want them to be friendly. also i was planning on using them to weed my garden in early to mid spring [​IMG]
  10. melissastraka

    melissastraka Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Hoquiam, WA
    Hi, i am in WA also. I am on the coast and i found with our winters my Orps, RIR and BR did the best. They have layed everday through the winter and the RIR are super layers anyways. I love my Orps! they are sweet and are just happy to see you every morning. My BR has a "personality" she isnt mean but avoids me unless i have treats. If you need anything else you can PM me.

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