Which chickens are best

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chicken Mama15, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. Chicken Mama15

    Chicken Mama15 Out Of The Brooder

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    I want to get more chickens the spring right now we have americanus buff orientations and Rhode Island Reds I live in Missouri so I want them to be cold tolerant and I like them to be docile cause I like to sing to them and stuffwhich chickens do you guys like
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I like Lakenvelders, but they only like operatic singing.
     
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  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    OP, you may get just as many answers as there are breeds of chicken out there. Do you have any other goals for your flock, besides singing to them? Do you want pets? Eggs? Birds that will provide you with a good meal when their laying career is over? Do you want standard sized chickens, or bantams? Regular chickens, or froo froo chickens that may require extra care?

    My brahmas have always been quite calm, and I had a Blue Laced Red Wyandotte that really, really wanted to be a pet. She'd follow me all over the place when I would go out to do chores.
     
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  4. Chicken Mama15

    Chicken Mama15 Out Of The Brooder

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    We live on a hobby farm and we do it for the eggs my sister says their livestock but I treat them more like pets they will never be meat chickens The same size chickens that I already have standard would be best and easy care though The buff do seem to get a lot of poop on the bottoms and have to be cleaned so that's why am not sure about more Orrington's
     
  5. austrolover1

    austrolover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The following I know to be docile, great eggers, and good foragers:
    • Austrolorps
    • Plymouth Rocks
    • New Hampshire Reds
    • Speckled Sussex
     
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    austrolover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    P.S- You can order all of them from McMurray hatchery.
     
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    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really like the barred rocks- they're all pretty docile (except the roosters), great egg layers, and cold hardy!
     
  8. Chicken Mama15

    Chicken Mama15 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all your wonderful suggestions I love being part of backyard chickens
     
  9. cubalaya

    cubalaya Overrun With Chickens

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    try some cubalayas
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  10. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Yep, ask a hundred people and you'll get a hundred answers! I'd suggest making sure that whatever you get can withstand your average climate. Small combed birds do well if you often get freezing temperatures...

    The questions you need to ask yourself have already been asked...purpose, space, etc. In the end, it's all about what appeals to you. I love my Buff and Light Brahmas, but talk about being able to track in poop - those feathered feet are wonderful against our cold Wyoming winters but not so good for keeping clean nesting boxes sometimes! They also tend to accumulate poop on their behind fluff. <sigh> But they're so pretty, nice meaty birds at maturity, and reliable layers of nice big brown eggs. So I put up with the poop and occasionally clip the excess fluff from their behinds.
     

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