What breed should I get next?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by MegaChickens, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. MegaChickens

    MegaChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I currently have Orpington hens, an Orpington roo, a RIR roo, and a Sussex roo. The RIR is heading to the pot soon because of his extreme aggression twords my dogs, cats, and family. The Sussex is soon to find another home on another farm. I have also had a Silkie. We had to get rid of the Silkie because of him getting picked on by the roos - he was obviously much smaller than them. I'm looking into what pullets I want to get next and need some ideas. I deffinately want them from chicks, not eggs. I want hens that will fit in with my current hens well and that my rooster will be ok with. I need a pretty good egg layer with a good temperment. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
     
  2. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Hmm... Its really up to you, but I would suggest Barred Rocks, Australorps, or Wyandottes!
    Good Luck finding the right breed!
     
  3. Spangled

    Spangled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any suggestions?

    I've got some. As the previous poster mentioned, Australorps. The ones I've had and/or known have all been fairly quiet and good layers. Mine almost seem like they aren't even there ... quiet, in the background, a little skiddish but very calm.

    I also really like my New Hampshires. They are the laying kind that you buy from a hatchery, not the German ones that look like they are show birds. I've heard that Estes Hatchery and Cackle both have the old Newcomer line. I like them. They lay better than my Buff Orpington, which I expected to lay a little more often than every other day in her pullet year. (Nothing against Buff Orpingtons, mine is a sweety. It's probably my fault for expecting more eggs.)

    If you don't mind hybrids, you could try out the sex-links (the feather color is linked to their sex). I had black sex-linked Black Stars some years ago that laid like champs, better than most purebreds.

    Buckeyes are friendly. Mine lays a really long egg that makes me laugh, but she's a good layer and friendly. (Friendly as in comes up to see me and hangs around a bit, too. More so than my other hens and I treat them all pretty much the same.)

    Everyone has their favorites. The same breed from one hatchery may lay more eggs or be more calm than the same breed from another hatchery. It's all pretty much a grab bag. Pick whatever breeds seem prettiest to you; as long as they lay eggs, you might as well have some fun with the breeds you pick. What I've always wanted to try was some of those Silver Spangled Hamburgs. Have you seen them? Wow, so pretty. One of these days I will get some.
     
  4. jewel1

    jewel1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's funny..I was going to suggest those same three! [​IMG]
     

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