What's for me?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chickfever, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. Chickfever

    Chickfever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2007
    Southwest VA
    I am looking for chickens that can satisfy some of the following:

    1. Must be friendly to children!
    2. Good egg layers, prefer excellent
    3. Prefer a broody hen but not required
    4. I'd like for them to breed true (color not important, just breed). I love my black sexlink but their offspring.....do they lay eggs just like their mommas?
    5. Decent meat birds (if I could ever bring myself to do it)
    6. Hatching eggs sell pretty well
    7. Winter hardy

    These are not listed in order of importance [​IMG]. If you want, for example, you can list like this:

    black sex link - 1, 2, 7

    Or you can be very descriptive which is great for me [​IMG].
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I'd say you are asking for an awful lot.

    I think most any breed can be friendly to children if they are handled often and gently.... there would be exceptions... I wouldn't class game birds in there.

    Sex links, RIR, NHR, BR, leghorns are egg laying machines, some Orpingtons do well, I think an Austalorp has the record..

    If they lay a lot of eggs, they usually aren't broody. But you'll find the rare exception. When I was a kid we had a pearl white leghorn that always went broody... go figure, and she was an egg laying machine and she didn't mind being held.

    For meat, white rocks and barred rocks are good and they also lay decent,

    As for selling hatching eggs... sell yourself first.

    Winter hardy... wyandots and orpingtons I hear are good.

    I get some world class Australorps... I think they'd fit your bill.
  3. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2008
    I'm not sure about #6, but most of the northern european and north american dual purpose birds will fulfill all other criteria. Rocks, Sussex, and Wyandottes would be three that come to mind.
  4. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2008
    If you want hatching eggs you obviously are thinking about having rooster(s). You will probably do best approaching your selection by asking looking for rooster breeds that are generally friendly, especially to children. Maybe in that case, you would also consider cochins as they are generally the tamest roosters (according to another thread) and pretty good layers and excellent brooders.
  5. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    I would go with Orpingtons.

    1. Easily tamed and stay very friendly.
    2. They lay well.
    3. In my flock of 5, 2 have gone broody and been great mothers.
    4. Orpingtons breed true.
    5. They are a dual purpose bird and make meat table birds.
    6. When I had a roo, the hatching eggs sold well and the chicks sold even better.
    7. They do very well in the winter. Mine lay all winter long. The roosters are vulnerable to frost bite on their combs, so a good coup is nessacery for freezing nights.

  6. silkieluvr

    silkieluvr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2007
    Marin, California
    Orpingtons fit this pretty well and so do plymoth rocks. I love plymoth rock roos! [​IMG]
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Barred Rocks will fill the bill except for being broody. And on occasion, I do hear of a broody BR hen. I adore my BR girls and guys.
  8. Chickfever

    Chickfever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2007
    Southwest VA
    I have silkies so the broodiness isn't all that important. The hatching eggs aren't either, it would just be nice to have some income to help support their feed bill every now and then.

    I've been looking at the sexlinks (other than not breeding true and being broody, they are good), orpingtons, barred rocks, RIR, New Hampshire reds, welsummer, and wyandottes.

    Thanks everyone! Right now we we have a mixed flock and I love them, I'd just like to have something to help support their feed bill and keep the lines pure [​IMG].
  9. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2008
    LOL! Sounds like you need ducks!

    Really though, Delawares, sussex, and cochins are the nicest but not super layers. I really like the Australorps too! I only have a roo though, no girls.
  10. Chickfever

    Chickfever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2007
    Southwest VA
    I'd be afraid the neighbor's dog would eat them [​IMG]. I'd LOVE to have some and we have a nice pond for them too [​IMG].

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