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What breed should I get?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by NewHopePoultry, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm starting over with chickens and need some ideas on what breed(s) to get.

    I live in Missouri so I need a breed that can handly both heat & cold.
    I would prefer white eggs,but other colors will be ok too.
    I would like to to be good egg layers & docile.
    Im hoping to find a breed that has been known to go broody.
    I dont like solid white chickens, would prefer a colored breed
     
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  2. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    Easter Eggers seem to fit the bill except for the white egg part.
     
  3. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most docile breeds are from the North and lay brown eggs. You might want to look into the California Gray. They are white, but with black spots. Ideal sells a California White which is a Gray crossed with a Leghorn. I have a rooster that is a CW from Ideal and it is pretty relaxed.
     
  4. William Grace

    William Grace Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Hi marebear07

    How about the La Fleche breed. I have read that they are hardy in the heat and the V-shape comb would be good in the cold. They also lay a white egg and are good layers to. To me they are one of the most unusual breeds of poultry with there easily seen V-shape comb.

    William Grace
     
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    William , are you trying to push your La Fleche eggs again? [​IMG]
    I think they're cool.

    The chickens that fit this bill to me are Buff Orpingtons, or any Orpington or Astralorp. They come in all colors, lay a large brown egg, are sweet and mellow, good layers, and do go broody. I have 1. My heart belongs to Jerseys, good layers, large egg, light brown egg, but aren't really broody although some do. Orps are hardy weather wise.
     
  6. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    How about Ancona. They're BEAUTIFUL!
     
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Try some wheaten/blue wheaten Ameraucans or Polish.

    Here is Geoffry and Jenna both Blue Wheatens... she lays a nice medium blue egg

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    Here is Big Bird... she lays nice white eggs.

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    BUT if you want lots of eggs

    BLACK SEX LINKS! They fit all of your criteria but the white eggs.

    The only other chicken I can think of that would work for you that lays white would be Hamburgs.
     
  8. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would go with Buff orpingtons, Barred rocks or Australoprs they make great mothers and go broody often (from what I hear, mine are only 10 days old so I have awhile to wait)
     
  9. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    I love Ameraucans,but all I can find around here is Easter Eggers ,which are fine, but people alway try to sell them as Ameraucans

    I'm in love with the color blue,but I know blue doesnt breed true,but I still think its so pretty.

    I've never heard of La Fleches. I will have to check into them.

    Before all I had were mix breeds,but now I really want to get into chickens like I am with my rabbits.
     
  10. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Quote:Your Jenna is real sweet, but doesn't she look somewhat like a Faverolle? She's so fluffy.
     

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