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Top Three Most Friendly Breeds In Your Opinion

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mydogmolly, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. mydogmolly

    mydogmolly Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok so I'm going to be adding maybe 3 or so standard sized chickens to my bunch (they are all standards as well). I decided against bantams because they are not as cold hardy as I would like.

    I'm looking for breeds that like to be picked up, follow you around, and aren't super skittish. Good family friendly chickens.

    I considered Easter Eggers but they seem pretty skittish from what I have read. Amaracaunas I can't get because where I'm buying from buys from a hatchery.

    So, any opinions out there? [​IMG]
     
  2. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    White and Barred Rocks are a must! [​IMG] They are, as a general breed, very fun, ornery, sweet, and friendly. Speckled Sussexes are also extremely friendly. I really hope you find a few breeds that work for you! [​IMG]

    -Alex
     
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  3. nissalovescats

    nissalovescats Out Of The Brooder

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    My Buff Brahmas are pretty friendly, even when I don't handle them a lot as chicks.
     
  4. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Smile Premium Member

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    My most docile breeds have been EE's, Sultans, and OEGB. The last breed, despite being a bantam, is tolerate of -20 weather... They are way more hardy than many give credit for.
    However, since you don't want bantams- EE's, brahmas, and sultans would be some good choices. A note, EE's do require a little more work taming than the others, or at least the strain I got, but 5-10 minutes a day handling and just being near them, hand feeding, etc makes them very friendly and docile. My 5 EE's follow me around and will happily be picked up. Hope this helps! :D
    -Banti


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  5. mydogmolly

    mydogmolly Out Of The Brooder

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    Do any of you have experience with blue laced red wyandottes? I just think they're gorgeous but the wyandotte I have now is the hardest to catch and the most skittish. I don't know if that's a breed characteristic or if that chicken didn't get as much lovings from the people who raised her. She also seems the most likely to peck at other chickens and seems territorial?
     
  6. mydogmolly

    mydogmolly Out Of The Brooder

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    What is an OEGB?
     
  7. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Chillin' With My Peeps

    Silkie, White Sussex and Silver Spangled Hamburgs are my top three

    My Silkie Lily[​IMG]

    My Silver Spangled Hamburg Curious and Kristin [​IMG]

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    I don't have any pics of our White Sussex's but I will try to get some
     
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  8. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    @mydogmolly, I also have a blue laced red, and she's pretty unfriendly. [​IMG] It almost seems as Wyandottes are one those breeds that are either loving or hateful, because I've got a SLW, GLW, and BLRW, and only the Golden Laced is sweet. Wyandottes have a reputation of being rather rough bullies, though mine aren't. [​IMG]

    -Alex
     
  9. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Smile Premium Member

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    I had two, but they were unfriendly and pretty much just eye candy. Wyandottes in general are usually regarded as flighty and unfriendly... There are exeptions though!

    (OEGB stands for old english game bantam... The two chickens I have in my avatar are OEGB mutts)
    -Banti
     
  10. CoopDeDoo

    CoopDeDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hands down, my friendliest in order have been: Salmon Faverolles LF Cochins Silkies Speckled Sussex and just to jump on the Wyandotte wagon - my one and only experience was a really mean (people mean and chicken mean) SLW hen - kind of put me off on that breed ( although she was a hatchery bird and they are not known to breed for temperament)
     

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