Recommend friendly, excellent layers?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Guavacoop, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Guavacoop

    Guavacoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2007
    We are new to chickens and deciding which breeds to get. We have kids and want 4 chickens that will be docile, friendly, and hold-able, but also really good layers. Plus, a variety of colors/patterns would be nice. The place we're buying the chicks from have these:

    Americauna (are there different patterns of Americaunas that we will be able to discern at 2 days old?)
    Buff Brahma
    California White
    Sicilian Buttercup

    Thanks for any guidance.
  2. Uriel

    Uriel Out Of The Brooder

    I have Ameracauna hens (no is the answer to your question, it takes a few weeks to see their true color and pattern, it can really surprise you) a bunch of Australorps. and Welsummers. For your friendly/productive ratio, I'd go with Australorps as more reliable layers and ameracaunas as friendliest. I have one Welsummer who is a tad... crazy. Can't beat the chocolate egg color of Welsummers though, and they and Sicilian are probably the 'rarest' of breeds. I've heard Sicilian buttercups are friendly but I'm pretty sure that they're low on the laying scale.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2013

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