What Breed fits?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by bluespotted, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. bluespotted

    bluespotted In the Brooder

    Mar 26, 2012
    I'm sorry, I don't know in which category this fits. I had a few questions concerning breed, so I guess here is as good a place as any? I'm new at the chicken breeding. Super new. So new I don't even have an egg or a chicken or whatever comes first.

    I was looking at breeds to get and I'm just not sure what is right for me. I would like a breed that's not super deluxe expensive but also not a breed that is too prone to illness. It would be good if they lay a medium amount of eggs. I'm not looking to sell overly much. I want to supply my friends and family. That's enough for me. I'm not sure if I could eat any chicken I raised, so It doesn't have to be one that's especially good for that.

    Do I have to watch out for climate conditions, as well? They are going to get a barn, of course, but maybe some breeds don't take to cold winters?

    Any answers would be great. Thanks so much in advance.

    And sorry again, if this is the wrong spot... Then please move it where it fits, admin :) Thanks :D
  2. heatherscooby77

    heatherscooby77 Songster

    Feb 6, 2012
    Grantville, PA
    If you live in an area with cold winters, you want a chicken with a comb that is smaller. Pea, Rose,.................. Try Wyandottes, or Ameraucana.........................
  3. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Songster

    Oct 11, 2011
    I second the wyandotte and ameraucana (easter egger) thing. They are medium-expert layers, have small combs so they are very cold hardy, and are very beautiful. Also Easter Eggers lay green and blue eggs. Maybe you could get some wyandotte and some easter eggers? Oh, and they are both very friendly. I love mine!
  4. mama24

    mama24 Songster

    Mar 7, 2010
    GSO, NC
    It really depends on where you live and what else you are looking for in your chickens. I currently live on a 42 acre farm, and I LOVE chickens that are good foragers and free range well. My absolute favorite breed right now are my Penedesencas. They are a bit expensive, though, about $10 apiece. My Easter Eggers and Speckled Sussex are also good foragers and lay well. If I had to keep them penned, I would definitely not go with the Penes b/c they are very flighty. My Salmon Faverolles is probably my calmest hen, and would do well penned up, so would my Ameraucanas. My EE's are a bit more flighty, but would also probably be ok, my Speckled Sussex would definitely be ok, despite being a great forager, she's pretty content when I don't let them out. I also have a few other breeds that I am not crazy about. I've been disappointed in my hatchery Blue Andalusians and Exchequer Leghorns. They just don't lay well, and they aren't even as pretty as I was expecting. :( The Leghorns are definitely my most docile hens, though, they let us walk right up to them and pick them up.
  5. bluespotted

    bluespotted In the Brooder

    Mar 26, 2012
    I had a look at them and they all seem quite cool. (But is pea and rose the comb or a breed?[​IMG])
    The Wyandottes sound promising. I like them friendly :D

    @mama24: I don't have a farm, so not THAT much space. They would have a a good bit of space to forage, but not acres and acres of it, unfortunately. The Sussex breed is so pretty in any given colour. I'm definitely considering them if they are okay to be in the pen for a while.

    on a side note. I was frolicking on wikipedia (aka looking up the Wyandottes) and found the story of mike the headless chicken. I never thought the saying "like a headless chicken" actually had a basis in the truth. [​IMG]
  6. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    How important is temperament? I recommend the barred rock. They do have a single comb, but should not succumb to frost bite unless they live in a coop with inadequate ventilation. They are wonderful layers of large brown eggs, friendly, easy going and very popular. If you wanted to sell chicks, they go like hotcakes around here. I live in Canada, and it is my breed of choice. If I can live in this cold of a climate and have them without any ill effects from the cold, you can too. ETA: And mine lay right through winter! They are a cold-hardy breed. [​IMG] Here is my trio. I am getting five more chicks April 7th.
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2012
  7. Angelwings

    Angelwings In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2012
    I have easter-eggers. They are very good chickens and they have been laying through the winter and don’t mind the cold very much. They lay beautiful blue eggs 4 or 5 times a week. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2012
  8. bluespotted

    bluespotted In the Brooder

    Mar 26, 2012
    I had a look at the winners of the Barred Rock competition. I really like this breed. It's very pretty.I don't think it gets as cold with us as it does up North in Canada, so they should be alright. I'm definitely leaning towards those pretties. A friendly temperament would be of the good :) Yours are really nice! Congrats :D

    Easter eggers also sound great. It's ok, to get more than one breed, right? Are some combinations not advisable?
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2012
  9. Ilovemyduckies

    Ilovemyduckies Songster

    Feb 21, 2012
    I LOVE my Red Star (Golden sex-link) chicken. She is very cold hardy, I live in Utah, so that is definitely a big factor in what breed to get. She is not expensive to take care of, my ducks are what eat the most. She has never once gotten sick, I have had plenty of sick poultry, but she has never been one of them. She is an amazing layer, I always get ATLEAST 6 eggs a week, but usually I get 7 a week. She is also really friendly. I would suggest a Red Star to anyone.

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