What is the best breed for me?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by qualitycaprine, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. qualitycaprine

    qualitycaprine New Egg

    Jan 12, 2010
    I am thinking about buying 25 straight run chicks from Murray McMurray(I am in the 1st shipping zone for them) for March 1st delivery. My main problem now is what breed or breeds to get. I want a dual purpose breed that is cold tolerant. Are Rhode Island reds the breed for me?
  2. TerriLaChicks

    TerriLaChicks Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 23, 2008
    Central Louisiana
  3. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    How cold is cold? Delaware are great all purpose birds, friendly and purty darn smart. I would suggest getting them from a breeder rather than hatchery stock, however.
  4. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    ^ What they said. I've been thinking about RIR, NHR, and Delawares myself. I'm in Texas though, so it's more the heat than cold that I worry on. That's why I'm leaning towards the Dels. Might be a crock, but I think that the white may do better in the heat than the darker RIRs. For you though, not so hot, I'd vote for RIRs. You'll get a great layer, and a good meat bird. But, this is all theoretical so feel free to disregard. [​IMG]
  5. buglit

    buglit Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2009
    Hendersonville, NC
    Easy, do to www.mypetchicken.com and they have a link "which chicken", you put in what you want, and it gives your breeds that have those characteristics. It will not work if you just want meaties though
  6. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    Tell us what else do you want in a breed? Like being docile etc....
  7. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2009
    Well I suggest buying Barred Rocks if you want a very good egglayer and meatbird or Buff Orpington if you want a good egglayer, meatbird, and a good mother.
  8. grandmaof5

    grandmaof5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2009
    Central N.S.
    Quote:Went there...and the breed for me is...

    "I'm sorry, we did not find any chickens matching your requirements. Please try again."


    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 22, 2009
    Alapaha, Ga
    Barred Rocks are a perfect beginner breed in my opinion, you can sex them very early, usually at dayold, they are great layers, great temperament, and beautiful birds, I wouldn't be without them.

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