What made you decide to get numerous different breeds of chicken?

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by harvster, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. harvster

    harvster Chirping

    Mar 19, 2011
    SE MI
    I'm obviously new here and just recently ordered 5 pullets (red star) I got all the same because I wanted the eggs to be similar in size/color. But, nearly everyone seems to have 17 different breeds listed in their sigline. Am I destined for this as well?[​IMG]
  2. crossgirl

    crossgirl Day Dream Believer

    Mar 15, 2011
    Lakeland, FL
    I fear you may be. I've only had our chicks for two weeks, RIR's, and I'm planning to get a silkie or two this coming weekend. Who knows what will be next!?!
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I started out with variety.... variety is the spice of life...

    But if you want to breed a line that you like, you need to downsize to 2 or 3 breeds.
  4. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

    Apr 18, 2010
    I like the different feather coloring and the different color eggs [​IMG]
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I started with variety simply out of the fear I would not be able to tell them apart. I was new to chickens and KNEW I'd name them, but didn't trust I could tell 'em apart. It would be stupid to start each morning greeting a flock of 6 with, "Good morning, Rhoda! How ya doin', Rhoda?! 'Morning, Rhoda! Top of the morning to you, Rhoda! Hey there, Rhoda! Whatcha doin' there, Rhoda?" I mean, really.

    So I got all different breeds. Later I discovered I could tell "duplicate breeds" apart. Whew! But I still like the different colors and sizes and a very colorful egg basket.

    Here's my solo Rhoda, by the way.
  6. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    Thats how it works you say you only want a few or a certain breed. but then you look up chickens on the internet and you see one that you like untill you have way to many.
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  7. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    I started out with a few different breeds but for eggs and they were all brown egg layers. Then I wanted some blue eggs so I got a couple of EE's. Then my DH thought that NN were cool looking, and I ended up with a BLRW that was supposed to be a Lavender Orpington. I think I just like having different looking chickens. It just makes my flock interesting to look at.
  8. KimberlyJ

    KimberlyJ Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    Me too. I wanted to be sure I could tell each and every one apart. I have one each of 12 different breeds. I like that my eggs are all a bit different too.
  9. welasharon

    welasharon Songster

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    I do the same thing with plants. A lady told me it is a collector's garden. So, I guess I have a collector's flock! I love the variety! Problem is stopping.....sigh...
  10. KristyAz

    KristyAz Songster

    Jan 29, 2011
    Mishawaka, Indiana
    I love having a variety of breeds. With my latest flock, I had certain breeds I wanted for certain reasons. Got those, plus some others I didn't even know I wanted but glad I got.

    Breeds I knew I wanted:

    Black Copper Marans : Wanted those DARK eggs

    EE's and/or Ameraucanas : Wanted those blue/green eggs

    Silkie : Had one before who was my baby, she got caught by a chicken hawk. I wanted another baby, so got this one.

    Rhode Island Red : Traditional, brown egg layer

    The ones I didn't know I wanted:

    Polish : Ended up with one that came as a package with the Silkie. He died, however, I have a month old girl now. They are too cute with their funny hat, and I will get a white egg.

    Buff Orpington : Just fluffy and cute. Ended up having the nicest disposition. Love her.

    Barred Rock : Another traditional brown egg layer. So chatty and is quickly becoming my best layer.

    Silver Laced Wyandotte : Love the pattern and she was just another baby for the brooder

    My Husband wanted Jersey Giants so he picked the 2 Jerseylicious girls up. He still wants a Jersey Roo.

    I really need to stop buying them. And thought I was done when I got the babies a few weeks ago. However, there was an ad for a Lavender Ameraucana. I had to have her! She is darling. That's 14 chickens now in my "small" backyard flock of what started out to be 3 or 4 hens and a rooster. So it goes.[​IMG]

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