What breed should I get?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by h0m3gr0wn, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. h0m3gr0wn

    h0m3gr0wn Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 12, 2012
    I am new to the forum and I am not sure where I should post this question...here seemed good :) I live in a suburban area and plan to get 4 hens. We want them for eggs primarily but would love friendly hens. We have weeks on end of 100+ degree days and freeze in the winter. Plan on having an outdoor fan and misters in the summer and a heat bulb in winter.

    If there is a board better suited for my question let me know.
  2. Y N dottes

    Y N dottes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2012
    South Central WI
    Hi, welcome to BYC....I think u can keep this thred here. its in the catagory.

    Barred plymouth rocks are a geat breed for all types of weather, hot or cold....so are rhode island reds. both of these are good egg layers
    Buff Orpingtons are great for cold weather, but not so great in the heat...their egg laying is decent though, and most are friendly.
    There are probably a few other breeds that fit what u want, and u can go to the 'Breeds' page on here to find more info including Weather tolerant, egg laying, characteristics and more...u can use this link https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds
  3. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    Welcome to BYC! If you are looking for hardy hens that lay well, and have a good personality, I'd recommend one of the red sex linked varieties. They are commonly named Cinnamon Queens, Gold Commets, etc. They are hybrids that are very common in hatcheries.
  4. tiffanya

    tiffanya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    I really like my Speckled Sussex. They've done great in both extreme heat and extreme cold and are my friendliest birds.
  5. I think u should get Rhode Island Reds or red susex both I read are very friendly and they also look very nice, I think they are really simple to take care of the things I do to take care of my chickens are

    -Open there coop and say hello
    -Give them food
    -Let them run around in the afternoon that's what I do while I'm at school they don't really need any taking care of in the afternoon maybe some human company but that's it as long as they have food
    -spend time with them give them some treats
    - lock them up in there coop
  6. memphis

    memphis Chicken Obsessed

    Aug 6, 2012
    I agree about the Speckled Sussex. They are friendly, curious, and good layers. They survived our 100+ summer and cold winters just fine. Even my roo is sweet.
  7. allmychickens

    allmychickens Just'a small town girl

    Aug 4, 2011
    Rhode Island Red (light brown eggs) , leghorn (white Eggs) , marans (dark brown eggs) , and an easter egger (blue or green eggs) for friendly birds and a colorful egg basket!

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