Suggestion for a newbie...WHAT BREED SHOULD I GET??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chris_m90731, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. chris_m90731

    chris_m90731 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Well, my girlfriend and I have been debating whether or not to purchase a 10 or so hens from,, and we're not really sure which breed would suit our purposes best.
    I know I'm asking alot from you guys, but here's a rundown of my situation:
    1. have a large yard in So-Cal where our current chickens' (2 rhode island red hens, 1 EE roo, 1 banny chochin roo) free range during the day;
    2. 15x15 coop;
    3. just interested in egg production;
    4. want a friendly, attractive breed

    Our intial choices:

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    -any suggestions?
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    You got the pictures mixed up! Anyway, I think you should get Orpingtons. Friendly, cute and good layers too!
  3. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    I vote Delawares! Good dual purpose bird- my chicks are SUPER friendly, and they are a beautiful bird-
  4. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Yeah, the labels on your pictures are backwards. [​IMG]

    Both of your breed choices are great layers!
  5. Obsessive

    Obsessive Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 31, 2008
    I'd get Wyandottes.

    They are my favorite "layer" breed (althgough I havent tried them all yet) [​IMG]

    We ordered silver-laced Wy. chicks and ended up getting buff.......
    didnt realize it until about a mo. later (they were the first id ever had so I thought the silver feathers would come in later)

    Anyways, they were all friendly but there was 1 who would walk around your legs and when we put our hand on the ground it would walk into our palm.
    we could carry it around for a while and when we put our hand back down it wouldn't get out.
    We named her Snuggles, and they are all just as friendly now.

    And the Wyandottes (we have some silver now) are always THE first to get to the feed and the most avid foragers of all our chickens (and we have some Australorps & australorp/ game bird crosses)

    + there are many different varieties to choose from so you could have a multi-colored flock if that interests you.

  6. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    If you are mainly interested in egg production, I would suggest getting more RIR. You already have two and they tend to be pretty rough on newcomers . . . if you get a bunch of red heads they will probably have an easier time standing up to your Old biddies.
    If you are looking for more "color" in the yard Australorps a heavy producers and if you don't mind flighty White leghorns. Dunlaps hatchery has a cross they sell white leghorn X australorp - they are white with a few black spots calmer than WL and thriftier on food than Australorps.

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