Which of these is most well behaved?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by akahn01, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. akahn01

    akahn01 In the Brooder

    Jan 18, 2007
    I need help picking a breed for my first chickens. My main goal is to have a great egg layer who is friendly and on the small side. Any suggestions?

  2. Llysse

    Llysse Songster

    Mar 11, 2007
    In general, laying breeds are smaller, but can also be a little flighty. (Leghorns, for example, can be nervous, but they only weigh 4 or 5 pounds.) Friendlier, more docile birds are often the dual purpose backyard breeds like Orpingtons, for example, but they can weigh 8 lbs. That's not to say you can't find the right breed. I'm not entirely sure what you mean by small, though. If you get a bantam, which is about a quarter the size of a "regular" chicken, they may lay well, but the eggs tend to be smaller.

    Hm. You might consider Rhode Island Reds. They're EXCELLENT layers, friendly and they weigh an average of 6 and a half pounds. Ameraucanas weigh around 5 and a half, are friendly and are very good layers, too. Maybe it would help if we knew what size you were looking for? There are lots of beautiful breeds out there.

  3. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    Go to www.feathersite.com and take a look at all the different breeds. There are so many cool chickens out there and I can't say I've ran across a "bad" breed.
    Bantams are great little birds and a lot of times, there is a Bantam for every large breed (such as the cochins).
  4. salathiel

    salathiel In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2007
    I totally agree with the earlier comment about Rhode Island Reds and Araucanas. I have raised reds a number of times, and find them to be docile and easy-going hens...and of medium size. Smaller than Buffs or Jerseys, etc. I've only had a couple of araucanas, but they were two of best hens I have ever had...friendly and "got along well with others...". Alson medium in size. When I order chicks this summer, reds and aracaunas will be in the majority.
  5. Kelly FG

    Kelly FG Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    black australorps are a little smaller then some of the heritage breeds. Mine is SUPER friendly & they are known to be great layers.
    My EE's are smaller & good layers too.
    I also have a red sex link that is small & a GREAT layer.
  6. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    Barred Rocks are also a great layer and possibly more mellow than the RIR, at least in my experience.
  7. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Leghorns are lunatics! but great egglayers.
    Brahmas are huge, and lay large eggs
    Easter Eggers lay coloured eggs, and come in all sorts of styles themselves.
  8. Rooster01

    Rooster01 Songster

    Feb 25, 2007
    Southern WV
    Rhose Island Reds are great layers and are somewhat small. Most of the ones I've had are very friendly.

    Barred rocks are also good layers but are bigger. They are also very mellow.

    Wyandottes are good layers and like Barred rocks, are big chickens. The ones I've had are mellow but somewhat flighty.

    Black stars are great layers and are small but they tend to have bad tempers.

    Leghorns are great layers but don't handle cold weather well and are very flighty.

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