What is a breed that is a good layer and has a good temperment?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Lil'MommaHen, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. Lil'MommaHen

    Lil'MommaHen New Egg

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    Hi
    I'm brand new to BYC and to chicken raising too! We have a great little setup but no chickens yet... I haven't decide what breed(s) chickens we should go with.
    I have 2 young children and would like them to be a part of raising the chickens....so I am looking for a breed that is known for good temperment and a good amount of eggs too! So far I have heard Rhode Island Reds for laying and Orpingtons for temperment.... What would happen if I got a few of each?

    Your input is appreciated!!!
     
  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Favarolles [​IMG]
     
  3. Backyard Farm

    Backyard Farm Certified Personal Chicken Attendant

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    Hi
    You might consider Welsummers.
    They are quite mellow and good layers of really dark eggs.

    I don't have as much trouble with my welsummers going broody as I do with my orps.
    ... but they will not lay as good as a RIR or the sex-links black or red.

    I am willing to give up a few eggs to have mellow birds .. [​IMG]
     
  4. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

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    I really like my spangled hamburgs. They're quiet and pretty easy going. My RIR is a bit high strung, and my BO is a bossy one.
    I also like my EE hen, but I don't know what kind of layer she'll be.
     
  5. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Sorry but you absolutely cannot go wrong with Australorps.

    Great personality, temperament, gorgeous birds, can go broody and are egg-laying machines!
     
  6. Lil'MommaHen

    Lil'MommaHen New Egg

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    Thanks for the help! I can wait to get my chicks! Although I still haven't quite decided what to get!!
     
  7. CityChicker

    CityChicker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I second the Australorps! I love them, although Buff Orpingtons are one of my favorite breeds. I guess a lot depends on how good of a layer you need them to be. There are a number of breeds that have great temperaments that aren't quite as good layers.
     
  8. nicodemuschickenfan

    nicodemuschickenfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have RIR's now that are just little sweeties. I am hopeing next year to get orp's. But I don't know what to tell you on how they would work together.
     
  9. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC!!! [​IMG]

    Here is a link to a good description of chickens. As you can see, there are lots of opinions!!

    www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    I don't have chickens yet, but I just ordered:

    2 Rhode Island Reds
    2 Astralorpes
    2 Buff Orpingtons
    2 Delawares


    My criterias (from The Henderson List above):

    +Outstanding layers
    +Calm, non aggressive
    +Would take to an enclosed run (I can't let them free range)
    +realtively quiet

    BUT you can pick what is most important to you!!! [​IMG]

    Good Luck!!!

    Cindy
     
  10. nicodemuschickenfan

    nicodemuschickenfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ohhh I love that site California Chick. I know it came in Real handy when I was trying to pick from the seemingly hundreds of chickens.
     

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