What kind should I get?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by campingshaws, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. campingshaws

    campingshaws True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Aug 9, 2014
    Southwest Louisiana
    I am new to all of this and was wondering what breed I should get. I am wanting around five chickens. I am looking for good laying hens that would also be good for kids. I have a five year old that is very excited about getting chickens. I know very little about all of this and was looking for any advice. I may be looking to also get one rooster. Thanks.

  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello Matt and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Lots of nice breeds out there that are very friendly and are great layers. I am really fond of the Black Australorps or the Buff Orpingtons. Both these breeds are Orpingtons....very docile, kid friendly, very climate hardy, healthy over all and are great on the laying. My Black Australorps follow me around like drooling puppies looking for goodies or a nice soft lap. They are very affectionate and love to sit for hours on my lap. Barred Rocks are a very nice breed as well.

    If you are only in this for the eggs and pets, getting a rooster is not advised. Roosters can turn mean and little children can get hurt badly by a rooster. Roosters are good for fertile eggs and maybe the "Crow" if you enjoying hearing it. That is about it. So I would skip the rooster.

    Have you stopped by our learning center yet? Lots of great articles on all the aspect of keeping poultry including getting started, building the coop, raising the babies, and keeping your adult flock happy, healthy and safe from predators....https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    If you have any further questions feel free to ask. Enjoy this new adventure you are on and welcome to our flock!
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2014
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! TwoCrows gave you some good advice about roosters and to get you started on your breed search, also check out the BYC Breeds section for member reviews of the breeds when you have narrowed down your search. For pets,especially for children, Silkies and Cochins are probably the two most popular breeds, they are not very good egg layers but are very friendly. So far as more layer breeds go, for egg numbers alone, the Red Sex Links (Golden Comet, Red Stars, ISA Browns etc) for brown eggs are probably the most popular layers around. If you want breeds that don't lay quite as well but will lay for a longer time, Australorps, Orpingtons (lots of people really like these, great pets though broody), Plymouth Rocks, Sussex, Delaware and Wyandottes are some other popular breeds that are usually pretty easy to get along with, they all lay different shades of brown eggs. The Easter Egger, often sold as Ameraucana by hatcheries, are a fun breed because they usually lay green/blue eggs, and they tend to be very nice birds, and then there are the Welsummer and Marans for dark brown eggs.
    You might also like to check out your state/country thread to see what people in your area have. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread
    Here are a couple of links to some nice chicken breed comparison charts you might like http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html and http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/chickenbreedcomparison.pdf and http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/breed-list.aspx
    when you have narrowed down your choices, don't forget to check the BYC Reviews section for member reviews on the different breeds. https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X2, defiantly look into Buff orps. They are sweet, affectionate, curious, great layers, lap hogs and hardy. You'll really enjoy them!!
    Sussex, cochins, barred rocks, silkies and black australorps are also breeds to check out.
    Here' some links.

    Only get a rooster if you are wanting fertile eggs, an alarm clock and a protection for your flock. I would also skip the rooster. Hens are easier to tame and provide the goodies![​IMG]

    X2 on the learning center link.

    Good luck and best wishes!
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. My recommendation is Black Australorps. They are very hardy and very calm and gentle birds. I have raised them for years and my children, and now my granddaughter, made lap pets of them. And they are the best layers of the standard, brown egg laying breeds. Until it was broken by a caged White Leghorn in 1979, a Black Australorp held the laying record with 364 eggs in 365 days, and while none of mine have ever reached that kind of production (and likely never will), I've still had a few of them give me over 300 eggs in a year. Please feel free to ask other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. And whatever breed you end up getting, good luck with your flock.
  6. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon
    Welcome to BYE from Central Oregon! [​IMG] I vote for BLACK AUSTRALORPS!! My little flock of BAs are the friendliest, most docile birds ever. They are very hardy, do well in extreme cold, and are prolific layers of brown eggs. I just love my 4 girls to pieces!

  7. Henerz101

    Henerz101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 9, 2014
    My warrens have been the best however bluebells Plymouth Rock light Sussex and all hybrids r guaranteed to be egg layers
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Black Australorps also do very well in extreme heat. I raised them in CA where summer temperatures frequently reached 117-118 F (123 F once) and with shade, good coop ventilation, and plenty of fresh water, they did just fine. I also raised them in northern Kansas where the temperature dropped to 30 F below zero one winter, and with a dry, draft free coop, they did just fine there as well.
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  9. HugHess

    HugHess Chickrack Addict

    Jul 14, 2014
    Hi Matt,

    Hello from Ohio. Welcome aboard.
    Looks like you are getting great advise and good leads, so best of luck in you new chicken endeavors.
    BYC hits the spot every time!
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    so many breeds, so many choices, egg colors etc. even I am overwhelmed [​IMG] you could list them and scratch off each breed if you hear something that would disqualify them for your purpose..

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