What seems to be the healthiest breed of chickens?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by lovin my girls, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. lovin my girls

    lovin my girls In the Brooder

    May 28, 2009
    I was just curious....what do you find to be the healthiest breed of chickens?


  2. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

    Dec 15, 2009
    Penn Valley, CA
    I don't think there is a healthiest breed, as within a breed there are different genetic lines and even within those lines some of the individuals will have a better immune system than others.

    That said, the hardiest birds I've raised thusfar, just based off of my own observations, seem to be any sort of game breed. They seem to live a long time, don't get ill or injured often, and could even survive in the wild if they needed to.
  3. Deanner03

    Deanner03 The Cake Queen

    I think that the health of the bird depends more on living conditions, feed, and water than it does on breed. Your weather will also impact which breed will thrive in your area. I live in a cold climate (Southern Canada). I do well with Dominiques, Chanteclers, Easter Eggers, Ameracaunas, and Cochins.
  4. Pyncheon guy

    Pyncheon guy Songster

    Oct 17, 2010
    NW Michigan
    It's how they are raised.....proper breeding produces healthy birds.

  5. lovin my girls

    lovin my girls In the Brooder

    May 28, 2009
    Thank you all for your thoughts on this.

    We live in Georgia...we have hot summers, but do get cold weather also.

    I was curious about if one certain breed would be healthier than another.

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  6. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    I've found in general chickens are just pretty suicidal creatures.

    The weather is usually not the problem. Egg issues and stupidity seem to be my top two chicken death lists.
  7. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Songster

    Jun 30, 2008
    I agree. Game birds usually go above and beyond all others in the "hardiness" aspect. Though they are still susceptible to disease.

    It's a given that show-only birds/strains, like polish, silkies, etc usually are not suited to harsh conditions like most games/etc are. My first hawk attack, I lost one of the polish. Yet, my *IDIOT* dark brahma was hunkering down in the bush, never moving an inch. (And we didn't find her for several hours).

    All birds are going to be susceptible to disease and sickness, though.

  8. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Songster

    Oct 8, 2010
    Escondido CA
    I don't get very cold, but I do get hot where I am...upwards of 110 degrees on an especially hot summer day. I bought big fluffy Orpingtons, and Australorps, on the recommendation of my feed store. I was VERY concerned by the time we got our hot weather, and actually lost one of them in a heatwave. Figure out which is your greatest extreme, hot or cold, and buy accordingly.
  9. CoyoteMagic

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  10. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    American Gamefowl I would say are probably the most hardy, healthy, long-living, adaptable, and self sufficient breed out there.

    But otherwise, yes, I highly agree that it isn't exactly about the breed, but more the breeding. [​IMG]

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