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whats a good large breed hen to add to my flock

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tillie14, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. tillie14

    tillie14 Hatching

    Mar 20, 2015
    hello I'm new to this sight and i was wondering what breed would be a good choice for a flock that has brahmas Wyandot's and ester eggers. and would like to know more about rare brahmas. I love brahmas my flock has both light and buff. they are some of the largest birds i have ever seen and the fact that they are broody makes me love them even more my 10 month old pullet went setting, they should hatch in two days[​IMG] . But any information on large bred chickens would be helpful. because i know some people are against cross breeding chickens. i like cross breeding for the unique looking birds with a sweet personality. And i would like to add a good egg laying breed that would add more color.

  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided join to our flock. There are a number of breeds that have a well deserved reputation for being calm and gentle (potential lap pets) that would be good additions to your flock. Besides the Brahmas (which you already have), these include Australorps, Orpingtons, Cochins, Sussex, Faverolles, and Jersey Giants. If egg production is a priority, Australorps are the best laying breed on this list. If you want another bird that is massive in size like your Brahmas, Jersey Giants and Cochins will fit the bill. In addition, Cochins come in a number of very colorful varieties. Another good sized layer that would add color to your flock are Orpingtons which come in such colors as buff, blue, and splash. Speckled Sussex is another good layer whose beautiful feather patterns will add color to your flock. In addition to Light and Buff, Brahmas also come in a dark variety. Just remember whenever you add new birds to your flock to do so slowly and carefully using the "look but don't touch" method. There is a good article at http://poultrykeeper.com/general-chickens/introducing-new-chickens explaining how to do it. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Whatever new breeds you decide to get, good luck in adding them to your flock.
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Great advice there for you from Michael OShay. Good luck with choosing a new breed. I too don't mind cross bred chickens they add something different to the flock. I have a couple of cross bred eggs in my incubator now and can't wait to see what they are going to be like! The unknown seems to make it more exciting when they do hatch.

    Good luck and enjoy BYC :frow
  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you have joined us. Good luck on your new selections.
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    Jersey Giants and Cochins are two beautiful large breeds that come to mind.
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined us.

  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to the flock with so many choices, hope you will be able to find just the right large breed to add to your flock.
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

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