What Chicken Breed Should I Get?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by punky rooster, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010

    I am trying to pick a new breed here is what I want:

    cold hardy
    rare breed
    heritage breed
    duel purpose
    good layer

    the one's I like are:
    please help me decide!
    please tell me if you have any and what you like about them and I'm open to suggestions and pics will help
    thanks punky
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2010

  2. I am a big advocate on the Plymouth rocks. Great heritage breed and from what I see they seem to be pretty good birds too.
  3. BigPeep

    BigPeep Songster

    May 27, 2009
    I raise only heritage chickens. Most of the large breeds will do fine in the winter. There are a couple of breeds (Chantecler and Buckeye) were speficially bred to be cold tolerant. The comb is the main problem. You want a comb type that is close to the so it doesn't leave a lot of surface area that can become frost bitten. When they are in the coop they will respire a lot of moisture and it can hang in the air and cause frost to form on the combs. Make sure the coop has enough air circulation without having drafts, and has enough total air volume for the number of birds. Wyandottes are a good choice as are Dominiques. Orpingtons do have a frost susceptible comb but I have not had any problems getting them through the winter).
  4. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Songster

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    I'm a really big fan of Barred Rocks too. According to http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/breed-list.aspx Sumatras are awful layers... Do you ever butcher excess cockerels for meat? If you do, Dorkings are said to be excellent dual purpose meat birds.

    I wouldn't get the Sumatras because of their really poor laying, but the other four breeds you mentioned look really good. IF it were me, I'd go for Barred Rocks, but I like production... [​IMG]

  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Partridge Rocks.

    And they go broody too.
  6. Well my thing with barred rocks is that they are way friendlier than say the RIR's. Goes a long way in my books. I have heard the barred rock roos were mean but mine have yet to be so maybe I am just lucky there.
  7. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    samatras are out
    BigPeep I am getting wyandottes in the spring and I do have buckeyes and they are great!
    cowgirl71 yes I would like to butcher extra cockerels and I have been looking into dorkings and found yellow house farm and I like them alot
    plymouth rocks I am also interested in
    thanks guys and I would like to hear more sugestions.
    punky [​IMG]

  8. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    Also I would like to show whatever I endup getting
  9. loverOFchickens

    loverOFchickens Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    Out of your list I would go with Dorking. Also if you get the RIR's you might consider getting Rhode Island White's as well. They are not accepted in the APA/ABA so they wouldn't really be great for showing but it's always cool to get a rare breed. You could also get some rare varieties of Brahma. Check out the SPPA's website for a list of rare breeds.

  10. saladin

    saladin Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    the South
    You didn't list Games; but you did say rare and heritage. You don't get any more ancient than Games. They are vigorous, cold hardy, taste excellent and are usually good layers.

    Unlike like the other breeds you mentioned the cocks have been selected for several thousands of years to be people friendly. You either pen up extra cock birds or only keep one. Stags can run together until around 7-10 months of age and then must be seperated.

    Also, they are possibly the best chicken for a free-range situation.

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