What do YOU think make great Free Range breeds?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by greytmommy, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. greytmommy

    greytmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2011
    We have a small flock, and free range. We are planning on adding on more chicks in the spring and we are already planning. Our current flock includes: a Barred Rock, a silkie, a few Cochins, a few EE's, a Silver Cuckoo Maran.

    We had a Polish that got nabbed that we really liked...so we will probably get at least ONE of those. We we are also thinking a Black Copper Maran....we really like our Maran and would love those super dark eggs.

    What others do you think are good?

    If I could do it differently: I would not have gotten 4 different Cochins...I LOOOOVE how they look, but they seem to have more trouble with our humidity/heat than the others (granted, we have had a REALLY hot year...). We also started w/ 3 silkies...and are down to one. My white ones were nabbed, so we dont want anything white again....and the silkie seems to be so slow in comparision to the others, and more difficulty forging.

    so lay it on me! Which free range breeds do YOU like!!! [​IMG]
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Plymouth Rocks. Delawares are great free rangers, but they don't seem to handle high humidity as well as the Rocks do.
  3. greytmommy

    greytmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2011
    We do REALLY like our Rock...she is SUPER sweet. She is my Hubs favorite chicken.... We have discussed a Partridge one....
  4. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    Buckeyes... Most active American breed -- makes a great free-range bird.
  5. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2010
    Southern IL
    My chanteclers love to free range along with my marans, sussex, ameraucans, and araucanas. I would never free range polish or those with poor vision.
  6. greytmommy

    greytmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2011
    you wouldn't do a polish, huh? Bummer....we really liked ours. But she was taken when we had a bad coon problem. Is it the crest that gives poor eyesight?
  7. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    red star or RIR there great layers and can forage with the best of them
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2011
  8. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca
    game fowl... american game, english game, OEGB... my OEGB are the best free rangers i have right now... today i saw some eating a bunch of maggots in front of my house from my neighbor's trash can... gross and cool at the same time... they also catch june bugs in mid flight...
  9. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    the South
    I would agree with the Games: would add, Asil, Shamo, Cubalaya............. actually, any of the Oriental group.
  10. HappyChickenLover

    HappyChickenLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    not agressive gamefowl or they be killing each other lols

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