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What Breed?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bologna Xpress, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Bologna Xpress

    Bologna Xpress In the Brooder

    Jan 10, 2009
    Would you all advise for a beginer? Looking for egg layers with good personalities. I would prefer an older or heirloom breed. My wife and I were thinking RIR OR Old English game or both. What are your thoughts ?


  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    I love both breeds, but the OEG are more flighty and not as calm as the RIR. [​IMG]
  3. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Rhode Island Reds or Whites are great egg layers, Plymouth Rocks (white or Barred) are also good layers and a heritage type breed. I have Orpingtons and they have been laying in the negative 10 degree weather, and they are nice.

    Leghorns are good layers too, just not so friendly.

    Wyandottes, I believe are also good layers.

    Pick a breed you likes the look of!
    GREAT website:
    Good luck!
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2009
  4. Bologna Xpress

    Bologna Xpress In the Brooder

    Jan 10, 2009
    Thanks for the input. I think its gonna be RIRs, but like I told my wife "who knows what I will come home with"[​IMG]
  5. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess 10 Years

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    I would opt for Barred Rocks or Orps as RIR's tend to be somewhat aggressive as a rule. The rocks will lay just as well and be far more laid back in temperment. IMO
  6. sandypaws

    sandypaws Songster

    Nov 12, 2008
    desert of calif
    any "rocks" barred rocks, buff rocks, partrige rocks.... etc..
    orrpingtons,, RIR,, even cochins

    for first timers i would stay away from.. leghorns and OEG
  7. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    Ya know my Black Australorps might be tough on other chickens but they're good with me now and they lay like super troopers. I only have the two but I get two eggs a day, now in winter, and some days I get three in 36 hours.

    I love my Rocks, they also lay and are more gentle with me and each other than the BA's. But it's kind of hard to top two chickens who about two days a week lay 3 in 36 and two the other days of the week. When Bear isn't helping with the 3 in 36 she will pop out double yolkers with some frequency, Nenna just lays and lays and lays. I think they're freaks of nature. But I'm happy about it.
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    I do not like RIR--basically mean to the other birds and not friendly to people. Rocks are very personable. Brahmas are also very nice. I don't care for orpingtons--too standoffish.
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    My OEG are much calmer and nicer than my dad's RIR are. If it were me, I would go with the OEG. I have been around way too many RIR roos that would like to take a hunk out of me!
  10. Bologna Xpress

    Bologna Xpress In the Brooder

    Jan 10, 2009
    Thanks everyone. After reading here and chating with some other local people I think I have changed my mind. Pretty sure its gonna be Barred Rocks.

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