What breed/breeds should I get

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by johnandkristen, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. johnandkristen

    johnandkristen Hatching

    Oct 25, 2010
    New Hampshire
    We are moving to NH and are looking for birds that will ba able to tolerate the winters. We want them for eggs and meat.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2010
  2. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

    Oct 7, 2010
    Central, Illinois
    i would say brahmas,wyandottes,dorkings,orpingtons,cochins,ameracauna,easter egger i think thats about it not sure though have fun with what u get!![​IMG]
  3. ndemerly

    ndemerly Chirping

    Oct 5, 2010
    Owosso, MI
    Delawares, Barred Rocks - or any form of Plymouth Rock for that matter - Barnevelders and maybe some Australorps or Cornishes.
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Quote:Except that only 2 of those breeds can actually get you meat. [​IMG]

    If you want a good dual purpose chicken that will offer you great meat AND eggs, I'd recommend getting a heritage breed from a breeder, not a hatchery. I know it requires looking, and they're not always available, but it is worth it. Hatcheries and feedstores only offer "production" type chickens that lay a lot of eggs, nothing that actually has "flesh" on its body.

    The best breeds for Dual Purpose and Winter hardiness are Rhode Island Reds, Delawares, Plymouth Rocks, and Marans.

    Marans especially are quite nice, as most cockerels will reach 5 pounds by at least 4 months old, and get up to 10 pounds or more. Even the hens are big! Also, they lay a decent number of beautiful dark brown eggs.

    Again, though, to get both the qualities of good meat and good eggs - Go to breeders. [​IMG]

    Here's the eggs I'm talking about - These are mine; The red ones in the corner are from Marans.


    And here's the birds:


  5. johnandkristen

    johnandkristen Hatching

    Oct 25, 2010
    New Hampshire
    How about New Hampshires and Rhode Island Reds?
  6. johnandkristen

    johnandkristen Hatching

    Oct 25, 2010
    New Hampshire
    How can I find breeders for Marans? google? Also can the be house with other breeds? and they are ok with cold temps?
  7. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    Check out the breeders and hatchey section. Also ask on your state thread. That's usually the best network.

    We have an Easter Egger cockerel and even at 6 months old, if we chose to eat him, it would be a snack and not a meal! Not a lot of meat on his skinny bones.

    Delawares, plymouth rocks and Wyandottes are a good choice. Wyandottes have rose combs and are less susceptible to frostbite. Cochins have smaller single combs than other breeds, but don't produce enough eggs for what they eat and they mature too slow for good meat.
  8. thedeacon

    thedeacon Songster

    Nov 14, 2008
    check out the Murry McMurry site. Choose the Heavy Breed. Pretty good description of the different breeds that they offer.
  9. Inkheart

    Inkheart Songster

    Aug 15, 2010
    Columbus Ohio
    Delawares and Australorps are cold hardy - dual purpose and easy to care for
  10. sydney13

    sydney13 Songster

    Mar 11, 2010
    plymouth rocks are great for meat, eggs and cold hardy
    rhode island reds are even better layers but not as great meat
    salmon faverolles are very sweet, good layers, and good for meat and very cold tolerant
    although jersey giants take a long tie to mature they are huge and all right layers
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010

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