What is the best breed for a new chicken owner?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Lam005, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. Lam005

    Lam005 New Egg

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    Hi all! With Spring around the corner I am getting ready to order my chicks. I am looking for suggestions as to the best breeds for a beginner like myself.
    I am looking for good egg layers (I will not be eating the birds)
    I live in upstate NY so they need to be good with cold temps
    I am planning on free ranging most of the time (In the coop at night)
    Looking for 6-8 to start

    I really love the breeds that are spotted but I don't want to just pick a breed based on looks!

    Any suggestions would be great!! ?
    Thank you [​IMG]
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Check out the BYC Breeds section for member reviews of a lot of breeds, and the Henderson chicken breed chart compares a lot of common breeds ... http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html For decent layers that are pretty I love Speckled Sussex, and they're laced, but Blue Laced Red Wyandottes for color, both breeds also come in various other pretty patterns. Smaller light active breeds you might consider are Hamburgs and Ancona, Feathersite has a ton of pictures of the different color patterns the breeds come in ... http://feathersite.com/Poultry/BRKPoultryPage.html#Chickens
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! X2 on the Breeds section. For good egglayers I'd recommend Australorps, they are hardy and good free rangers.
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Looks like Kelsie and Sumi have you on a good path for info on the different breeds. I am a huge fan of the Orpingtons. Great dual purpose birds for meat and eggs, very docile and affectionate, and are quite hardy over all.

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy your new poultry adventures!
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Buckeyes are great winter hardy dual purpose birds.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  7. ChickGal13

    ChickGal13 Out Of The Brooder

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    Golden comets are America's #1 layer and are winter hardy. Plus they lay well in extreme cold weather.
     
  8. mattsinger

    mattsinger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC! My vote would be for Orpingtons or Barred Rocks. Both are great, friendly birds that do good in the cold. (or at least mine did).
     
  9. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

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