What Breeds Would Suit Me Best?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JatCat, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. JatCat

    JatCat Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2016
    Western Pennsylvania
    I live in a rural area in Western Pennsylvania (in the USA), where it can drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit in winter, and over 100 degrees in the summer. I'm looking for good egg layers, but if there were some chickens in the flock that didn't lay as many eggs, that would be fine, too. I'm looking for variety, and if you could post pictures of the breed, that would be great!
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 21, 2015
    No where Nebraska
    Barr Rock are great layers. I have similar weather and they manage just fine. They lay med brown eggs.
    For variety I also have a couple easter eggers, they lay green eggs. They are more timid them my Barr rock, and noisier. But beautiful eggs.
  3. uglygoldfish

    uglygoldfish Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2016
    Barred rock would be ideal, there pretty darn fabulous. There hardy and sweet. Buff orps are sweet and hardy, there dual purpose for meat and eggs. Ive got 7 different kinds of chickens and a couple ducks, and i live in maine so i know what its like to have awkward and spontaineous weather. Have you considered ducks? There eggs are better for baking and there incredibly sweet
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2016
  4. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 2, 2014
    Canton, Ohio
    Am in NE Ohio probably similar weather pattern with your area. I agree w/ most, Plymouth Barred rocks are awesome, mine are winter hardy, friendly (like to be pick up and petted) and consistent layers. Rhode Island Reds are very friendly jumps on my lap or shoulders when I get in the run lays large brown eggs. Black Copper Marans are great friendly winter hardy chocolate brown egg layers but takes breaks on laying. Australorps are both winter/summer hardy good layers.

    I got Silver laced Wyandottes that are great layers but peckers.
  5. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2013
    Northern Wisconsin
    Pretty much any of the dual purpose breeds would be fine providing you have a well ventilated coop to prevent frostbite.
  6. CherriesBrood

    CherriesBrood Chicken Photographer

    Feb 5, 2015
    The Golden State~
    I have to agree with everyone else, barred rocks would be the best choice, they are really hardy birds, and are great egg producers! Here's a picture of what they look like.

  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Ditto Dat^^^

    I'd get a mix of breeds, at least 2-3 of each, that way you can observe several to decide which you like best.
  8. CherriesBrood

    CherriesBrood Chicken Photographer

    Feb 5, 2015
    The Golden State~
    I forgot to mention there is some other breeds too, like the Naked neck, they are hardy in booth winter and summer. Even though they have no feathers on their necks they do very well in both climates. There's also Favorelles and Easter eggers. If you take the breed test on my pet chicken, they'll have tons of breeds pop up that will be right for you. Hope this helps. :)

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