Which breed is best?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chickfever, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. Chickfever

    Chickfever Songster

    Jul 22, 2007
    Southwest VA
    I have a mix in my yard, but I was wondering which breed of chicken you like best? Here are my specifics:

    good egg layer
    friendly - especially to children
    would like a broody hen but not pertinent
    good forager
    not too flashy (I have an open area so I don't want them to attract the attention of every hawk that flies overhead)

    anything I'm missing?

    oh, I have a mixed roo, 5 black sexlink hens, 1 production red hen, 1 mix of a tophat and CA white (who is broody right now!), 1 buff orp roo (who HATES & attacks white shoes), 2 Americaunas (who haven't laid an egg since 2 days after I bought them [​IMG] ), 4 mix of RIR, barred rock, and buff (not sure, lady sold them as RIR but she had all 3 hens in one pen and they all had multi babies, plus they do not look pure RIR).
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2008
  2. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    Orpingtons fit that pretty well, as do Dominiques. Maybe someone else will give their thoughts. (what am I saying? SURE someone else will give their thoughts!)
  3. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

    Apr 15, 2008
    What about Brahams? I may not of even spelled it correctly. Are they lower keyed laid back and good egg producers?
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    The brahmas are reported to be: good to fair egg layers (depending on the source you read), docile, able to forage well, cold hardy and heat tolerant. As far as "flashy" goes, they are flashy in that they are beautiful; but they wouldn't necessarily stick out more than any other breed; except for maybe the light brahmas. Broodiness is a toss up I'd say. I've heard some say they are, others that they are not. The only thing I know for sure at this point is that mine are very hardy.
  5. Chickfever

    Chickfever Songster

    Jul 22, 2007
    Southwest VA
    Still undecided as to what I want as "my" breed but I like the mixed guys and gals anyway [​IMG].

  6. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    orpingtons and rocks they both come in lots of colors
  7. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    No chicken breed is the best. Select breeds which you like the looks of, as you'll be seeing them every day for up to the next 15 years. [​IMG]

    Seriously. The differences between breeds are subtle and nuianced. Choose the ones that speak to you.

    For me, looking at your list, I like Black Sex Links. Expect 100 different answers from 100 different people.
  8. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    My favorite breed is the one I happen to be working with at that particular time, or the one I am learning something new about.

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