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What kind of chickens should I get?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by KellyandKatie, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. KellyandKatie

    KellyandKatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not sure where to post this

    I am trying to decide on what types of chickens to add to my flock
    My flock is primarily a pet flock- if they give me eggs, cool, if not, fine - and I do not raise for meat
    I like variety too [​IMG]
    I have tried lots of differant breeds, and I know it really depends on the bird. I had the craziest fayomi that I loved, but hated how flighty my leghorn was- but I am willing to try birds
    I loved my seramas, and always have my eye out for some, and have always wanted jersey giants too. I loved my dominek too, I favor heritage breeds, or breeds with character
    I have muscovy ducks, silkies and two turkeys right now that all get along, very sweet birds
    They are cooped at night, but are mainly free range, so I expect my birds to stay in a 6 foot fence. Seramas, fayomis and leghorns were not awesome at staying inside my fence. Maybe heavier birds would be better about staying inside the fence? But I can not imagin not having little banties - I like my banties
    I also am in the suburbs so I prefer quiet birds so the neighbors do not catch on that I have birds back here LOL
    Do you see the fickle issue I am having? I love reading the threads here about differant breeds, very helpful

    What do I want? What do you suburb fanciers like?
     
  2. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I have been giving it a lot of thought as I am getting chickens in the spring for pets 'with benefits." My list to choose from is down to:

    Australorp
    Barenevlder
    Plymouth Rock (barred or buff)
    Wellsumer
    Easter Egger
    Speckled or Buff Sussex

    I am looking for sweet, [​IMG] friendly, easy keepers that do well in my area (PNW)
     
  3. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I have Australorps, they are nice docile birds. I love my Silkies. I just got a pair of Coronation Split Sussex, so not sure about their temperament yet. The little roo is pretty easy going, he lets me pet him. I have a little Lavender Orp and is his very friendly. Comes right to me. I have heard the Orpingtons are very friendly birds.

    I have Seramas in the bator, but I do not know anything about them.
     
  4. KellyandKatie

    KellyandKatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh yeah! I LOVED my australorp- nice, calm large birds- I need to research the rest of those suggestions, thank you!

    I am in the Pacific Northwest too:D
     
  5. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:They really are great birds. I have a few roo's and they have never shown any aggression. They won't let me hold them, but they will all come right to me.

    Very pretty too.
     
  6. I would also look at California Whites.
    They are by far my favorite!
    Even over Astralorps!

    Matthew
     
  7. Joyryder

    Joyryder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love a pallet of different colored eggs
    Top choices

    Australorp and Orpingtons the nicest, friendliest and sweetest light brown egg layers
    Wellsumer for dark brown eggs
    True Ameraucanas for blue eggs
    Eater eggers for green eggs
     
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  8. KellyandKatie

    KellyandKatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! Lots to research!
     
  9. possumqueen

    possumqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never had Australorps, but I HAVE had speckled Sussex, and they were marvelous! Very calm (except the roosters were kind of aggressive) and they laid eggs forever!

    I'm getting banties in the spring - OEG and maybe sebrights. [​IMG]
     
  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    If you want a great pet AND get eggs, get a large fowl Light Brahma. Mine comes to me to be picked up and petted. She's just a big, fluffy bundle of cuddle. And she's still laying great, even with the days being shorter.

    I'd also suggest Easter Egger. (sold as Ameraucana from hatcheries) They typically (although not always) lay green or blue eggs. Can't beat easter eggs you don't have to color.
     

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