What do you think of my breed choices?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Toast, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. Toast

    Toast Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2007
    I'm thinking of the following breeds for my next flock:

    Dominiques - because they are supposed to be excellent foragers, hearty, will go broody and raise chicks and they are a heritage breed

    Australorp - great layers, gentle, will go broody and raise chicks,

    We live in the midwest and have harsh winters sometimes. I have mostly sex link hens and find they are not what they are cracked up to be. Mine do not lay an egg a day nor do they forage very well nor will they ever be able to rear their own chicks. I want a more self-sustaining flock.

    Is there a breed that is a better forager than the Dominiques?

    What do you think of my choices? I'm worried about spending more on feeding and getting even less eggs.
  2. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    Glenn Dale, MD
    I have 3 australorps that were given to me at 4 to 5 years of age. They continue to be consistent layers (3 - 6 eggs/week). Rosanne Rosannadanna talks all the time. Sweetums is my attach chicken; she is the smallest and is ill-tempered. Silent Bobbi is kind of neutral. She had a prolapse last week and was totally calm while I stuck my finger up her butt and put her in a warm bath in my kitchen sink.

    i do not have any experience with dominiques.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    By word of mouth, I hear that Andalusians and Lakenvelders forage well, but that Andalusians are a bit flighty, and they both need warmth.

    My Buff orp loves to graze on the grass, chase flies and dig for worms.... can't let her in the garden or she tears it to pieces. My older EE hen is also a very good forager.

    My black sex link is an almost an egg a day layer and I think is a good forager, but she hasn't gone broody.

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