Which would you choose?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SarahBC, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. SarahBC

    SarahBC Chirping

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    I can only have a certain number of chickens where I live, and no roosters. Just found out yesterday my hambright (cross between a seabright and a hamburg) is a rooster. The person I bought it from is willing to give me a pullet. I cannot decide if I stay with that breed or go with a better egg layer.
    Here are my options:
    Hambright
    barnevelders,
    Black Copper Marans
    Australorp cross
     
  2. IamRainey

    IamRainey Songster

    Oh! I'd take a Black Cooper Marans anytime. LOVE those dark eggs!
     
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  3. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    I like fat, healthy birds who are good layers, and I've got a special place in my heart for Australorps.

    But you shouldn't be asking what I like; you should be asking what you like. Good luck finding a nice pullet.
     
  4. SarahBC

    SarahBC Chirping

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    I am new to chickens so I don't know much. So far I like all of mine!
     
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  5. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    Hambright Sounds pretty. I'm betting the parent stock leads to her being flighty; likely not a friendly bird or one likely to advance in the pecking order. Not going to be a good layer.
    barnevelders, Pretty colouring. Solid, dependable layers, especially in winter (compared to other birds in winter, anyway.) They aren't a production breed, so they're not going to outlay a Barred rock, but they might beat a Wyandotte.
    Black Copper Marans Black with red necks and throats. Lay dark eggs. A bit bold, especially if from hatchery stock, but dependable layers. Not likely to make too many waves.
    Australorp cross Really depends what the Australorp was crossed with, but a pure 'Lorp is a large, standoffish bird who lays pretty well and generally gets along well with flockmates. Makes no trouble, takes no trouble.
     
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  6. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Songster

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    Given this info, if it were me... I'd go with the Marans, I think. I like the dark egg too, sounds like good layer and a good personality. But, as another poster said, it's not me, it's you! ;)
     
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  7. SarahBC

    SarahBC Chirping

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    Wow! Thank you!
    Yes, my hambright rooster is flighty. Which is sad because I bought it and have held it as much as the others
    I currently have
    1 easter egger
    1 light sussex
    1 caramel queen
    1 production red
    1 black copper marans
    2 slikie crossed with ??

    I think I might go australorp just so I don't have 2 black copper marans. Or maybe the hambright cause it will lay banty size white eggs. I can't decide! I am still waiting to see if my two crosses and my EE are roos or hens!
     
  8. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Songster

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    Decisions, decisions! :gig
     
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  9. SarahBC

    SarahBC Chirping

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    Update: the lady selling these did not get back to me. Now I am looking to get a few chicks. I can only get 2 more. I want good layers and calm birds. Thoughts on these breeds? I am brand new so I have no clue!

    Ancona
    Blue Cochin
    Buff Orpington
    Easter Egger
    Golden Hamburg
    Light Brahma
    Silkie
    Silver Hamburg
    Welsummer
     
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  10. Eggcentric One

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    I am quickly learning that breed purchase suggestions are as diverse as they people who love them. What do you like in a hen? What breed fills the checklist? Or new one? If you still can't decide, start flipping coins.. haha.... Good luck.
     

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