What breed should I get in South Texas

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by S.L.Swope, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. S.L.Swope

    S.L.Swope Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Everybody!

    I've been looking into getting chickens for sometime now and[/b] I was wondering what other opnions were on breeds for hot weather.
    I was looking for all around friendly and quite chicks since I probably wont be legal by the time I get them. I also wanted dual purpose breeds, and I wouldn't mind a broody hen that would make a good mom to raise chicks when we get hungry and want to process a chicken. I want a variety for colorful and different breeds. 3-5 chicks total

    I've been looking at Barred rocks, Buff Orpingtons, Wellsummers, Wynadottes, and Bantam silkies.
    I don't think I'll get a Wynadotte and Orpington because they both look like they are frequently broody but not sure if they make good moms and I really only want 1 broody thats why I was looking at the silkies as well. I just really like the look of the Orpingtons so fluffy![​IMG]

    Thanks for everyone's opinions and advice!![​IMG]

    Oh yeah incase you didn't know we have temps above 100F in the summers here
     
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  2. Chicken Boy-17

    Chicken Boy-17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard you can't go wrong with leghorns
     
  3. DrinkTheRainbow

    DrinkTheRainbow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Australorp, Brahma, Delaware, Dominique, Dorking, Faverolles, Langshan, New Hampshire Red, Orpington, Plymouth Rock, Silkie Bantam, Sussex, Wyandotte.
     
  4. jarcoo0153

    jarcoo0153 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My great grandmother lived in LaSalle just east of victoria, and had Barred Rocks, Leghorns, Delawares and Rhode Island reds. From personal Experience, I would get some Naked Necks. They handle heat and cold very well!
     
  5. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cant go wrong with large fowel cochins
     
  6. S.L.Swope

    S.L.Swope Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for suggestions so far.[​IMG]

    Any else want to chime in? Maybe why you like certian breeds to help me make my decision. Thanks everybody you guys are awesome!!
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  7. the4heathernsmom

    the4heathernsmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cochins would prob get too hot....leghorns do ok mid summer they will slow or stop, barred rocks are ok, rir did ok, hamburgs are flighty but they handled the heat well, wyandotte or australorps do ok but again they slow in mid summer...those are breeds i hv tried here in east texas.
     
  8. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Naked necks very heat hardy good layers and broody. Leghorns heat hardy good layers not broody. Look into Mediterranean breeds they are heat hardy. Go to Henderson Breed Chart and research heat hardy birds. I live in Central Illinois so I need birds that are cold and heat hardy. I love my Naked Necks. Yes they are strange looking but I think they are cute and the benifits outweigh the looks. They are cold and heat hardy almost immune to chicken diseases friendly and lay good size brown eggs. I have not had one go broody yet but they are only 10 months old.
     
  9. BookWorm243

    BookWorm243 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can't go wrong with a red sexlink ( golden comet ) They very are friendly and can stand the heat [​IMG]
     
  10. jaybob54

    jaybob54 Out Of The Brooder

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    You should get Buff Opringtons or White Leghorns. I have both of those breeds Here are some reasons why
    Buff Opringtons

    1. Buff Opringtons lay about 300 eggs a year
    2. They lay them even in the wintertime
    3. They have a very short moulting period which means when they lose feathers and don't lay eggs
    4. They are a dual purpose chicken
    5. They are very hardy in the wintertime
    6. They lay nice sized brown eggs

    White Leghorns

    1 White Leghorns lay about 360 eggs a year
    2.They lay big white eggs
    3. They lay them in the wintertime no matter how cold it is
    4. Dual Purpose Chicken
    5. Very cold and hot tolerant

    These are the best egg layers you can have
    I know this because I have 6 Buff Opringtons and 5 white Leghorns
     

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