What's the best breed of chicken for eggs and pets?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Ducclelover10, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. Ducclelover10

    Ducclelover10 Overrun With Chickens

    I was wondering what everyones' opinions were on the best breed of chicken that will make a good pet, and at the same time lay a good amount of eggs?
     
  2. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! I currently have ove r adozen different breeds and I also have them for thier friendliness as well as the fun of the eggs. The friendliest breeds in my flock are my easter eggers and my banty cochins. They snuggle, follow me around, and the banty cochins will fly up to be held.( I will be getting LF cochins in a month) THe easter eggers lay every day or every other day for me..and my cochins are about the same but the banty eggs are sooo small! My orpingtons are also very sweet birds...the dont mind being handled and are not at all flightly. My Lt Brahma is also pretty sweet. I would say the ones that least like to be handled re my wyandottes. Hope this helps. Oh and my barred rock hen lays a nice size egg, lays often and is very docile.

    What breeds are you considering?
     
  3. Ducclelover10

    Ducclelover10 Overrun With Chickens

    I was considering maybe some Americanas or some Barred Rocks.
    Everyone always says that their Bantam Cochins are so sweet, but I have two and one doesn't like to be touched, and the other one bites if she is touched.
     
  4. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow-really? Funny I hear everyone say the same thing about how sweet their banty cochins are as well. Did you get yours from a hatchery? when you say you want to get Americanas-are you talking the true rumpless aracaunas or easter eggers? And the barred rocks I have had-out of 4 3 were roos (of course) and they became nippy and i re homed them. However, my hen Debbie lays one of the biggest of my eggs and is super calm/sweet.
     
  5. Ducclelover10

    Ducclelover10 Overrun With Chickens

    We got one Cochin from a feed store and one from a hatchery.
    I'm talking about Americanas, not Aracuanas or Easter Eggers.I've researched them and it turns out they bare all different breeds!
     
  6. TheCrazyClucker

    TheCrazyClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Rhode Island Reds are one of the sweetest breeds I have in my flock right now. They are great layers of jumbo-sized light-brown eggs, and they are so nice.
    If you weren't looking for eggs, I'd recommend these breeds (all these breeds are a part of what I have in my flock)- d'Anvers, d'Uccles, Silkies, Polish, and Old English Game. Basically, bantams.
     
  7. Ducclelover10

    Ducclelover10 Overrun With Chickens

    Yeah, I'm looking for standard sized breeds to go in with Marshmallow after Popcorn and Cocoa die.
    And I'm looking for something that doesn't look like your typical barnyard chicken but still lays good eggs.
     
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  8. RoosterMoose

    RoosterMoose Out Of The Brooder

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    I would have to second your considering the BR. I have quite a few and they are alot of fun. They are larger sized and lay a good amount of large brown eggs. Also make for good eating as well if you feel the need to butcher one.
     
  9. Ducclelover10

    Ducclelover10 Overrun With Chickens

    We have been considering Barred Rocks, but we don't eat our pets, so we wouldn't butcher one.
     
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  10. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dominique, Orpington, Blue Andalusian, Ameraucanas or EEs, Brahmas. All very sweet breeds.
     

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