which breed to choose

Zwillingsmama

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I want to rejuvenate my flock and are looking to buy 3 chicks at my local feed store. I have currently 5 two year old chicken and I want to replace 2-3 of them. I have an EE, OE, SS, BR and BCM. I will definitely say good bye to my SS. She is a bully, an escape artist and not a good layer. Probably also my BCM as she is not a nice girl either. Since I am urban, I am looking for docile, quiet birds with a decent egg production. Tomorrow my feed store will have the following breeds available:
Rhode Island red, Buff Orpington, Bielefelder, Dominique, Light Brahma, Barred Rock, which 3 would you pick and why.
Thank you, I appreciate your input
 

FlocksOfFluff

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Personally I would recommend a buff orpington. They are decent egg layers, quiet, and the sweetest chickens ever. Mine would let me pick them up and pet them without struggling. I have not had any of the other chicken breeds, but I have heard good things about the RIR hens. I hope my opinion is helpful. 😊
 
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TwoShepherds

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I think if you're looking for docile, friendly birds, you can't go wrong with buff orpingtons, dominiques, and brahmas. I have all three breeds in my mixed flock. They all get along well and are friendly with my kids and me. I have not owned but have heard that barred rocks and Rhode Island Reds are great egg producers but a little more assertive... so there's a possibility they could be bullies if the other breeds tend to be mild and timid.
 

Zwillingsmama

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any thoughts on Bielefelder? just asking because I live now in the US, but I am originally from a town close to Bielefeld in Germany, and there would be some sentiment about having a "home" chicken
 

Zwillingsmama

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Thanks for all your input - I winded up picking a Buff Orpington a Bielefelder and they had Easter Eggers so I took one too.
 

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AngieDawn

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I’ve had light Brahma buff Orpington and barred rock. Never had the others but out of those the buff Orpington are the best layers and the most docile and best personality.
 

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