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What's a good breed?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chicken_love, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. chicken_love

    chicken_love Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 30, 2007
    I don't have any chickens yet, but I want to get some. I don't know what is a good breed though. Bantams sound good, but then again, a lot of breeds sound good. What do you think is a good breed to get started with?
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    That's like asking "What is a good car?" or "What is good food?".

    You've got to answer these questions first.

    1-What do you want them for? Eggs, pets, soup, etc...

    2-How much room do you have?

    3-Where are you located? Some breeds are better in colder

    4-Are you gonna hatch, buy from a breeder, or get the chickens
    full grown?

    5-What are your town ordinances on chickens.

    There are a lot of different breeds of bantam. Bantams are just smaller.

    Good luck.
  3. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    It kind of depends on what you want your chickens for. If you want eggs or meat or both or just pets. Everyone has their favs.

    My favs are Golden comets. Friendly,calm, early layers of huge brown eggs. Mine are pets also and not for eating.
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
  5. chicken_love

    chicken_love Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 30, 2007
    1. I want a nice chick that I can show that won't attack me if I pick it up.
    2. I have an 8x8 shed with about 192 sq ft outside (fenced in)
    3. Michigan, so it's sold in the winter and warm in the summer
    4. Buy from a breeder
    5. We live in a rural area with a ton of land, so there aren't any ordinances on really anything.
    And I like silky bantams.
    Thanks a lot!
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Like the quote from Hawkeye-that's my flock rooster's name, LOL. Named him after the character in Last of the Mohicans, though. Anyway, if you like Silkies, there's your answer. Most are docile, but some roos will get a little ornery since it's also an individual thing, not only a breed thing. You could easily fit 20 bantams in a coop that size. Good luck with your new hobby!
  7. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    You've got your priorities in line a lot more han I did when we
    got our chickens. We're still new ourselves with the oldest of our flock
    going on 13 weeks. Get yourself some silkies. We have 3 and love them.

    My Silkie observations:
    Ours are a little cranky compared to our standard Buff Orps or Speckled Sussexes
    but friendlier than some other breeds. They are a lot more vocal than our standards.
    Silkies require more care since their feathers grow in around their eyes. They
    are also more prone to mites. Heat is also a concern. They start panting
    before the other chickens do. They don't fly are even jump up on the waterer.

    Disclaimer: I only got the silkies cause my wife didn't understand why I wanted
    chickens but fell in love with the silkies when she saw them. Personally, I'd like
    to eat them. [​IMG]
  8. chicken_love

    chicken_love Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 30, 2007
    Awww they're so cute, PurpleChicken!!!!
    But I don't think that any chicken that has much trouble in heat will work very well here, cause it can get rather hot. Are there any other chicks that are cute that might work better in heat? And in cold?
  9. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Chickens can handle the cold much better than the heat. I live in Southern California where it can get 90-100 degrees for three months straight, and the silkies seem to have the hardest time with it. My standard cochin also gets pretty hot.
    I have a Buttercup who seems to like the heat, and my Wyandottes like to sunbathe in the middle of the day. My bantam cochins don't seem to get as hot as my standard. It seems to me that the Asianic breeds heat up the most.

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