Which breed should I get?-- need quick responses

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by moonflowers, May 4, 2009.

  1. moonflowers

    moonflowers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new to chickens and currently have 3 Buff Orpington Pullets, 2 Barred Rock Pullets, and two roosters (one BR and one Light Brahma that I have to get rid of as soon as they crow). They are all 5 weeks old.
    I am about to go and get three more chicks that are 1 week old to make my laying flock or 8. I really wanted a silver laced wyandotte, a gold laced wyandotte, and an easter egger but the place I am getting them from does not have gold laced wyandottes so I have to choose my third from the following breeds:
    Rhode Island Reds
    Dominiques
    Auracanas
    Cherry Eggers
    Silver Laced Wyandottes
    What are your suggestions?
    I am currently about to leave work to go home and get my husband and then am leaving to go out and get them so I will check in when I get home. I do live in an urban area but my neighbors are fine with pullets/hens. I want good egg production and I also want the nicest chickens possible.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    I think you should take the time to researchthe breeds you are interested in and arrange to purchase them rather than making a snap decision that may or may not work for you in the long run. Holding off to get chicks won't hurt anything, getting the wrong ones may.
     
  3. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are the ee's and the araucanas the same? If not, getting one of each wouldn't be a bad idea b/c they you'd have blue from the araucana and most likely green from the ee. RIR's are great layers of med. brown eggs. Silver laced wyandottes are very pretty but don't lay as often as the previous mentioned breeds. I don't know much about the other ones. [​IMG]
     
  4. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Quote:Completely agree.
     
  5. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Dont get RIRs. The roosters are very nasty.
     
  6. Chicks R Friends NOT Food

    Chicks R Friends NOT Food Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. moonflowers

    moonflowers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you and I do appreciate that. Unfortunately since I only need 3 chicks they are hard to come by where I live and I would like them to be close to the same age as the chicks I already have. I have been looking for the breeds I chose for awhile now and this is the first time that I have found someone that has at least 2 of the breeds I chose. I consider asking the "pros" on here to help me chose so that I could maybe hear some opinions of people who actually have raised some of these breeds. I like the wyandottes because they are pretty, the EEs (which I am assuming the Araucanas are EEs) because it would be nice to have a different colored egg every so often. I had never heard of cherry eggers before finding these people selling chickens so I didn't know much about them but when I did research I found out they are great layers and have RIR and NHR in them. I had heard that RIR roos are mean but wasn't sure about the hens.
    I am honestly trying to decide whether to get a 2nd EE or get a red pullet (either RIR or Cherry Egger for more eggs.
    I HAVE done research, but this is what I have available and I was just wondering what people thought who had actually raised them.
    I do thank you for your input and I agree that people should do research, this was just the next step in mine, asking "expert opinions."

    Thanks again!
     
  8. astylishgirl

    astylishgirl Animal Lover Supreme

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    I don't have experience with them, but I ordered some Cherry Eggers because they are supposed to lay well in winter. But I also have EE, True Araucana, Ameraucan and Dominique. My husband wanted the Dominque because they are so pretty.

    I would get one of each!
     
  9. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    I only know about Wyandotte and easter eggers. I wouldn't be afraid to get either. With EEs you never really know, but the vast majority of mine have been great. One is named Roadrunner because she can't be caught, though!

    Actually, I think any of the ones you have to choose from would be fine choices. Frankly, I'd look at photos and pick the ones you think are prettiest.
     
  10. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    I'd get the silver laced wyandotte and 2 easter eggers. The 2 easter eggers will probably not look alike and will give you more variety in your egg basket (since all your other chickens are brown egg layers).

    We have easter eggers and they are calm and friendly chickens that lay most every day right now. Their eggs are not as large as the barred rock eggs or the leghorn eggs, but are about the same size as our RIR's & the barnevelders' eggs (the huge green one in my avatar photo is a doulbe yolker, their normal eggs aren't that large).
     

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