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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 Hatching

    Apr 6, 2009
    Northwest, WA
    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

    Oct 2, 2008
    Favarolles [​IMG]
  3. Backyard Farm

    Backyard Farm Certified Personal Chicken Attendant

    Apr 1, 2009
    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

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    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

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    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 Hatching

    Apr 6, 2009
    Northwest, WA
    Thanks for the help! I can wait to get my chicks! Although I still haven't quite decided what to get!!
  7. CityChicker

    CityChicker Songster

    Mar 21, 2009
    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 Songster

    Nov 9, 2008
    Enid, OK!
    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 Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC!!! [​IMG]

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


    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!!!

  10. nicodemuschickenfan

    nicodemuschickenfan Songster

    Nov 9, 2008
    Enid, OK!
    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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