What breeds have pretty hens?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Zahboo, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    We are getting back into standards, but just a mixed flock. I am wanting 12 hens. We already have 2 pullets we got from a BYC member today, a Lakevelder and Blue Andalusian (I can't spell them yet) So any opinions? My mom doesn't want a rooster, I do. So we are leaving roos out for the moment, but I really want a White Jersey Giant roo! The issue is mom wants flashy/showy birds but no hens are like that. We want standard birds to eat their eggs, so ideas?

    Breeds I like are

    EEs or Ameraucanana. I like Ameraucanas, but not always easily available around here.

    Light Brahma


    Buff Orpington

    Barred Rocks



    Salmon Faverolles

    Mom Likes


    Buff Orpington


    Black Stars
  2. hallerlake

    hallerlake Songster

    May 30, 2010
    You want to see a showy hen? Go look up Brabanters in the breed index. I think Brahma hens are pretty, too. Any of the polish, silkies, or houdans are showy as well.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2010
  3. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    New Tripoli PA
    Polish hens are always beautiful [​IMG] Also, australorps are stunning in the sun - their feathers just glimmer, so, even though they are black, still stunning.

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  4. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    New Tripoli PA
    Quote:Might also want some blue laced red wyandottes [​IMG]
  5. genuck

    genuck In the Brooder

    Apr 11, 2010
    Buff brahma
    Dark brahma
    speckled sussex
    anything blue or splash
    any of the wyandottes
    anything barred

    Might as well mix it up and have a rainbow of chickens!
  6. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    We want pretty and cheap. Right now cheap rides over pretty [​IMG] I wish I could find a BYCer with a bunch of purebred standards that I could get a good mix from.
  7. Check the Craigslist in your area... might find one farmer with this coupla kinds and that farmer with this couple...

    I was compiling a list earlier ... in DP breeds the number behind the bird is the high end of weight for the breed.
    In the Egg Section the front number is weight, the back number is the #eggs according to Henderson, some also have a S-Small, M-Med, L-Large in there too but not all... haven't finished it yet...

    DP BREEDS - Favs7.5, Java7.5, Rock7.5, Barn7, Sussux7, Buckeye6.5, Delaware6.5, Dork6.5, RIR6.5,Wyan6.5

    WHITE EGGS - 4.5lbLeghorns6, 7lbMinorca4, 6lbCatalana4, 7.5lbFavorolles4, 7lbSussux4, 3.5lbFayoumiM4
    REGBRN EGGS - 6.5lbRIRL6, 6.5lbDelaware4, 10lbJersey GiantL3, 8lbOrp3, 6.5lbWyandotte3, 6.5Buckeye23, ?Stars6
    DARK BROWN EGGS - 6/7lbBarnevelderL3, 7lbMaranL3, 6WelsummerL3, 4lbPenedesencaM4,
    BLUE EGGS - Ameraucana4

    http://www.natureshatchery.com/Chicken_List.html has a big list of breeds, most/all with pics, which is nice for snooping even if you don't order from them.
  8. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    I like all Sussex breeds. They are gorgeous birds and large birds. My Australorps are very pretty too. I have a gorgeous little Speckled Sussex Pullet. I also love the Silver Sussex and Buff Sussex, but I don't have any of those right now.


  9. Sportsterjeep

    Sportsterjeep Creekside Acres Farm

    Jun 1, 2010
    Mill Hall PA
    +1 for Blue Laced Red Wyandotte, they are awesome!
    Look at the polish too, especially in buff laced, tolbunt, and white crested blue. These are my favorite breeds. I personally love any wyandotte, and there are 17 variations on them. Craigslist is always good, like mentioned before. I put 8 birds on two days ago without pics(camera card was at work with DW) and already sold 4 of them. Also check the chickenstock thread for any CS or swaps near you that you could go to.
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Buff laced polish are beautiful.


    So too are Blue Wheaten Ameraucanas.


    Delawares can be eye candy...


    And so can Salmon Faverolles.


    But if you want eggs and LOTS of them, you can't beat a Black Star.


    And you'll have a beautiful egg basket.


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