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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Brahma Chicken5000, Jul 17, 2019.
Thanks. I have two different types of red sexlinks, Lohmanns and Red Stars. They're my first chickens so I have nothing to compare them to. You've given me things to look for. In all fairness, my first car was Chevy. It was an unreliable piece of crap, as were the two other Chevys and the Pontiac that followed. I didn't realise they weren't that good until I drove other vehicles.
So far Cochins and Polish I do not like, we actually own both breeds. The Polish can fly over any fence due to the being small and they're scared of people (not sure if it's due to previous owner but we just leave them be). Our white Cochin gets so dirty on it's feet that we frequently have to wash her feet with the hose. We live in an area with red clay so keeping her clean is basically impossible.
Well my experience is quite limited, I've only got one Rhode Island Red and one Gold Lace Wyandotte, but I've already decided I'm not getting another Wyandotte. The entire first year I had her she laid maybe three eggs, she aggressively pecked the RIR, she was bossy as heck, she wanted nothing to do with me, generally she had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. I will admit that she's mellowed this year, she'll actually approach me of her own free will, and she's turned into a decent layer, and yeah I do love saving her molted feathers for art projects, but I still would not get more Wyandottes in the future. Not to mention that she melts in the Southern summers a lot faster than the RIR.
I would however get more RIRs in a heartbeat!
Someone else said that to them, chickens are for eggs and meat, not for pets, and I have to agree with that. So the breeds I don't care for are the ones that aren't productive and can't reproduce naturally. I want chickens that lay pretty well most of the year, will go broody and raise their own chicks but aren't necessarily broody all the time, and have enough meat on them to make butchering them worth the trouble when it's time.
Some of the problems people have with certain breeds would probably be alleviated somewhat if those were the only breed they had -- some chickens just don't play nice with other chickens that look different.
And there are a few breeds that I don't want just because they look odd or ugly, like the Turkens, which are actually productive birds (my aunt used to keep some -- in the coldest part of Alaska, believe it or not!). I also don't want anything with heavily feathered feet because my chickens free-range most of the time and the mud cakes those feathers. In the winter they get ice balls. So they just aren't practical unless you can give them special care.
Same here, I don't buy Red Sex Links, they give me same and other problems, They were bred for commercial production in battery farms I guess. I like Leghorns but Buff Orpingtons get broody so often and they are heavy on feed.