What breed should I get?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chickenrpoetry, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. Chickenrpoetry

    Chickenrpoetry Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all :)
    I'm looking for a friendly breed that gets along with other birds.
    The breed has to be cold hardy...does anyone have suggestions?
    I'm planning on adding to my current flock, which consists of an easter egger and two wyandottes.

    Thx!
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    I like to check breeds out on the Henderson Chicken Chart, you can google it - don't have the site handy just now.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    YOU have to decide.
    Here's the advice I usually give.

    ~~You should first choose the breed based on your climate. That will minimize management/health issues. Then think about your needs/wants. i.e. egg size/color/quantity, bird size, temperament, broodiness, housing, etc.. When you come up with that list. Then choose the color you want from the short list. Color is variety, shape and other characteristics is breed. Many breeds come in your favorite color. You might start here

    http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/chickenbreedcomparison.pdf
    http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html
     
  4. Chickenrpoetry

    Chickenrpoetry Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you both for your very helpful replies :)
     
  5. chicalicious

    chicalicious New Egg

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    Love my black sexlink but i raisd her from hatchday so maybe why shes so sweet
     

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