Quick!! The chicken lady called, what should we get?!

rhetoric

In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 28, 2008
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Western New York
We had a bunch of breeds picked out for our first chickens ever (standard, good layers) but the order is mixed up and now our choices are limited to these... auracanas, dominiques, light brahamas, cochins, speckled sussex, golden and silvery wynadots, black sex link. The auracanas were already on our list so we'll get two of those, but what of the other four? We want friendly and good layers, we don't really care about appearance (yet). The brahams look promising as do the dominiques. Agree? We have to get them today (they are going fast). Thanks!
 

speckledhen

Intentional Solitude
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13 Years
Feb 3, 2007
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Wyandottes and Brahmas are good layers in winter. I have both. Speckled Sussex were bred more for meat than laying, but I have one and she's a doll and beautiful! Doms are good heritage breed chickens and lay well, but not quite as well as Barred Rocks. So, I didn't help at all, did I???
 

scgamecock

Songster
12 Years
Jan 18, 2008
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Out of that group definately the black sex links are the best layers although they are not a true breed.The next would be the silver laced wyandottes and brahma's.Americauna's lay real good but of course they are colored eggs.
 

JustChicky

Songster
11 Years
Feb 14, 2008
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East Texas
I have Dominiques, they are my first chickens. They are 1 week old and very sweet. They came with some buff colored chicks (males) and they are a little feisty. I ordered a straight run and even the males are sweet.
 

rhetoric

In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 28, 2008
78
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Western New York
Too late! Two Auracanas (one is a puff cheeked bird), two dominiques, and two light brahmas. I am offcially wearing my straw hat. Cat seems REALLY interested. Another mixed batch is coming in May, but when TSC gets some on the 15th, I'd like to get some Rhode Island Reds, too. Will post pics later. Thanks for the advice! Actually, I thought we had wood shavings -- must have burned them all so I have to go back to Higbies (our local feed store) to get some and I'll try really hard not to buy more!
 

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