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what chickens have all these qualities?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Animalcrazy1234, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. Animalcrazy1234

    Animalcrazy1234 Hatching

    Nov 3, 2013
    hi I'm looking for a chicken that is:

    patient with kids
    non flier/ or poor flier/ or flys low to ground
    good layer
    not prone to broodiness
    not expensive to buy
    not a bantam
    not a fussy eater
    must take confinement well
    and can take cold weather conditions

    I've taken a liking to:
    Rhode island red
    new Hampshire red
    light Sussex
    silkie( i know their broody but the kids have fallen in love with them and I've read their good children's pets)
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2014

  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Songster

    Jul 29, 2013
    Southern Illinois
    I like Silkies. Most Silkies that I know of are bantams however. They are so sweet and good with kids and just plain adorable. They are NOTORIOUS for going broody and are great moms. My second choice would be Orpingtons. I'm just a sucker for their puffy feathers. They, too are sweet and docile, but are known to go broody but not as much as Silkies. Both my girls usually go broody in the Spring. In my opinion, they are second only to Silkies in their mothering abilities. So those would be my choices
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Silkies are generally a favorite with kids - they tend to go broody often, some never do. They are not reliable layers and cannot tolerate really cold weather. I don't think any breed has all the qualities you are looking for. But, I do think your kids will love the silkies.

    Check out the silkie threads on here - just put "Silkie thread," in the search box. While you are at it also search "show girls," they are a variety of silkie but very exotic looking, you either love them or hate them. They should share the usual silkie qualities.
  4. petrel

    petrel Chats with Chickens

    In my very limited experience with my new flock, the Barred Rocks are the most friendly and tolerant of the children's attentions. They are the first to seek out a warm lap or a shoulder for a higher vantage point. They are supposed to be good layers, mine haven't reached that age yet. They certainly aren't exotic or expensive, and will eat just about anything within reason. They don't seem to mind the cold either.

    Welcome to BYC
  5. KyleG

    KyleG The Champ Himself

    Dec 26, 2013
    I agree! silkies are docile and hardy and they are not great flyers. but with all that hair (because truly thats what their feathers look like) they take a little extra work for them to look good. they also cost a little more to buy(but whats a couple bucks?) If your looking for docile don't focus so much on the breed, take the time to get them comfortable with you. and handle them all the time. the more work you put in, the better the result. I have several different breeds and found its all in how much you interact and care for them. I love my silkies but i recommend the Australorps also. They are better flyers but they are cheap to buy( mine was three dollars for day old)they eat everything i give them. take the cold like its nothing,never been broody ( i feel like broodiness is the luck of the draw with individual birds)and My Australorp Named Hello would jump up to be held while we were outside working. oh, and very reliable layers. Good luck and i hope you find the perfect breed for you!
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    [​IMG] to BYC!

    I love the orpingtons. HUGE personalities and are affectionate. They are great with kids and are very docile. Great layers too. I only keep the Black Australorps. The are such lap babies and fight for the lap!

    You might also check out the breeds section here on BYC for some more info on the different breeds....


    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
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  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] my buff Orpington, Butterscotch, is the friendliest chicken I have! She's constantly underfoot like a dog lol.
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Check out Buckeyes.
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    Look's to me like the kids picked out your chicken

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