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    Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 8:30pm
Since it seems to be a pretty good topic within the "Anyone getting chicks this year?" thread I thought it might be fun to devote one to it for future reference!

So, what are your favorite breeds and why? Which would you never get again and why?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote moonangel12 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 8:49pm
I have only ever had 3 breeds - Rhode Island Reds, Black Sex Links, and Golden Comets. My faves so far are the RIRs. They have been my best producers by far. Reading up a bit more on them, it looks like our local feed and seed gets the older variety, not the ones bred for production. I hope that's still true this year. I don't think my BSLs laid at all last year. One was unknowingly laying (maybe two) and went broody on me in another part of the yard. I saw two of them huddled together and found a nest about about 18 eggs. Once they got off the nest, they didn't lay another egg to my knowledge. They have also been the least friendly and most territorial. They definitely dominate the flock. The Golden Comets have not lived up to my expectations unfortunately. They took forever to start laying even though they were supposed to be early layers, and once they did the shells were a bit funky. I think only had one consistent layer, another that started a couple weeks later, and maybe one other. I know for almost a fact that my 'runt of the litter' has yet to lay an egg. Poor thing is smaller than all the others and is way on the bottom of the pecking order - to the point they are pecking her bald on the back of her neck and starting now on her tail feathers. They started out really friendly, too, but that has now lead to being flat out aggressive. At least one pecks your legs as you walk by, but I have yet to pin point which one. They chase you around the yard almost like dogs begging for food. They come in the house if you leave the doors open, and are known to hop in vehicles if they see an opportunity (if I'm buckling a car seat or something, they'll even slip in between me and the door frame). I'm surprised I haven't lost one to the UPS guy! LOL DS went to throw out some scraps and next thing I know I hear him screaming! One of the GCs had him cornered on the deck and was jumping up to peck the food out of his hands (it was wrapped up in a piece of wax paper... she tore a hole in the bottom and was pulling food out of it). DH's cousin might be interested in buying them so I'm hoping to go back to RIRs this year.

I had my game plan all set, but then I found out today I was looking at last years schedule Embarrassed. I really wanted some Araucanas for the blue/green eggs, but it's just not going to work out time wise this year. I am looking at getting 4 each of RIRs and Dominiques. They both have good egg laying rates, the only thing is that Dominigues are listed as setters so hopefully they don't get too broody on me. (I found a comparison char href="http://albc-usa.org/documents/chickenbreedcomparison.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here which was very helpful in narrowing down my options). DS is excited to get some "zebra chickens" LOL.


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I looked up the Dominiques. Quite an interesting breed and very old too. Because they belong to the American Class you should find that their temperaments are similar to the RIRs. The only thing you may want to watch with them is overheating in the summer. Because their combs are rose instead of single they will not ventilate as much.

My favorite chicken breed is the Dutch Bantam. We have raised and shown them for years now. However the males are to aggressive to have with little children. So, we are going to try some Americauna's from a breeder. I think the blue eggs would be a fun!


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Post Options Post Options   Quote northwind Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 10:01pm
I haven't personally kept hens, but my folks have since I lived there.  They've done Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rock, and the Black Sex Link.  I think they like the Sex Links the best, though the name leaves much to be desired.  My gram calls them Red Rocks. Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Quote erinchelsea Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 10:31pm
I still have a lot of breeds I want to try. Then after I've tried them all I'd like to narrow it down and just keep a few different ones and maybe try to breed some.
 
My best layers (as far as I can tell) are my Turkens, my Jersey Giant, and my Partridge rock. Turkens #1 by far.
 
Personality wise I love my Jersey Giant and my Brahmas. The Brahmas took forever to mature though and I'm still not positive how well they are laying so I probably wouldn't get those again although they are super sweet and gentle. The JG lets me pick her up and hold her a bit and she is so pretty with dark brown eyes.
 
Least favorites are probably the Wyandottes. I can't tell who of them is laying or not because I have a lot of those. They are not friendly though (not mean, just stand-offish)- especially the Silver Laced are very flighty.
 
Also the Dark Cornish are not friendly (just shy) and lay small eggs but 2 of the 3 have gone broody so far so if I wanted to set eggs I might like those. Right now I'm thinking of sending those to the stew pot though. Ermm 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote erinchelsea Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 10:39pm
That is an interesting chart. Looks like they agree with all I've read about the Plymouth Rocks and the Black Australorps that I'm planning to get this year- everything about those look excellent.
 
The dominiques are so pretty!
 
I didn't realize the RIR was supposed to be such a good tasting meat bird. Anyone tried those?
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I haven't tried the RIR as meat. One my 2 that I have stop laying we'll probably can them or use them in the crock pot. DH and I talked a bit more about it tonight and I think I am just going to stick with one breed - the RIRs. They have some straight runs coming in early April so I'll get 8 pullets early March, then a couple straight runs in hopes of a rooster (any other time I would hope for all pullets and get all roosters, now it'll be the other way around Tongue). I can somewhat establish my own heritage breed then, and in the future let them raise up their own chicks to continue the flock and also possibly provide a small income with eggs, chicks, and roosters to sell (and/or eat). I feel like it will be one more step closer to self sufficiency that way. Kind of bummed to not have the colorful variety running around, but for us it just makes more sense. I really hope they are as great as the ones I currently have. It sounds like there is a pretty big difference between the older breed and the newer one they have bred for high production. I think the newer ones are lighter colored which makes me think the ones I have are the older breed b/c they are a deep, rich brownish red. Very pretty.

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After alot of reading, I think we have settled on Austrolorps.  We may add in RIR and Leghorns too?
 
Austrolorps are unusually docile and unlike most breeds they are great layers AND make good eating chickens too (if we decided to go that route).
 
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote erinchelsea Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jan 2012 at 12:16pm
Renee, that sounds like a great plan. I'd love to hear more about how you like the RIR.
 
Char- we can compare notes on our Aussies. When are you getting yours? We can't get chicks till May this year unfortunately.
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Our close friends that have chickens have Dominiques and Speckled Sussex. The Sussex are awesome! Very sweet and friendly, good layers, very "chill." The Dominiques are much more flighty in comparison, not as smart, and have had a really hard time with the heat in summer. They lay a ton from Dec-March, then start to taper off and over the summer our friends were barely getting 1-3 eggs per day from 25 hens! (They're pretty sure those were from the Sussex - they have 3 or 4 Sussex, the rest Dominique.) The Dominiques sure are pretty but when we get chicks (maybe this year but most likely next year) we certainly won't be getting them!

They've also had problems with a hawk around which has gotten 5 or 6 of their chickens over the past couple months - all Dominiques, no Sussex. 

I think when we get chicks I'd like to try Sussex and Australorp. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote erinchelsea Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jan 2012 at 1:53pm
That is interesting about not laying in the heat, Erin. it doesn't get THAT hot where you live does it?
We never had trouble with any of our birds, not even the meat birds which have a bad reputation for dying from heat stress.
 
I think it's also interesting about the hawk. Sounds like the issue I have with our dog- he has only gotten ahold of Wyandottes so far. I believe it's because they are more flighty than our other girls.
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Originally posted by erinchelsea erinchelsea wrote:

I still have a lot of breeds I want to try. Then after I've tried them all I'd like to narrow it down and just keep a few different ones and maybe try to breed some.
 
My best layers (as far as I can tell) are my Turkens, my Jersey Giant, and my Partridge rock. Turkens #1 by far.
 
Personality wise I love my Jersey Giant and my Brahmas. The Brahmas took forever to mature though and I'm still not positive how well they are laying so I probably wouldn't get those again although they are super sweet and gentle. The JG lets me pick her up and hold her a bit and she is so pretty with dark brown eyes.
 
Least favorites are probably the Wyandottes. I can't tell who of them is laying or not because I have a lot of those. They are not friendly though (not mean, just stand-offish)- especially the Silver Laced are very flighty.
 
Also the Dark Cornish are not friendly (just shy) and lay small eggs but 2 of the 3 have gone broody so far so if I wanted to set eggs I might like those. Right now I'm thinking of sending those to the stew pot though. Ermm 
hmm, interesting about the wyandottes. And i'm curious about the JGs. I might need to refresh my theoretical list!
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That has just been my experience. I think it can vary depending on the breeder/hatchery. but the JG is supposed to be a very quiet, gentle bird.
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Originally posted by Gotchickens Gotchickens wrote:

I looked up the Dominiques. Quite an interesting breed and very old too. Because they belong to the American Class you should find that their temperaments are similar to the RIRs. The only thing you may want to watch with them is overheating in the summer. Because their combs are rose instead of single they will not ventilate as much.

My favorite chicken breed is the Dutch Bantam. We have raised and shown them for years now. However the males are to aggressive to have with little children. So, we are going to try some Americauna's from a breeder. I think the blue eggs would be a fun!

Thanks so much for the info on the Doms! We don't have the coolest summers, and I know there have been some stretches of 95+ with high humidity (well, most of the summer it seems actually). I don't think they would fare well at all.

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It doesn't get crazy hot but we do have stretches where it's in the 90s for several days to a week at a time.

I've also wondered if they had been in a more ventilated coop if they would have laid better - they're in a converted shed with just the man door on one side and chicken door on the other for ventilation, so it must have been gross in there in the heat of summer. Maybe if the shed had a cupola and/or some fans they would have been happier?

IDK, they just haven't seemed to be very good producers all around. They certainly are gorgeous though, so it's a shame they haven't done better.
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Oh i totally forgot. All you chicken mamas got me dreaming about chickens:
 
I adopted one with a wounded foot. It was gorgeous and friendly. It was a wyandotte, but not like any wyandotte you've ever seen it had more "mod" style patterns on its feathers, grey on black.
 
I woke up before it ever laid.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote J2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jan 2012 at 8:31pm
oh how i wish.....

sadly, no chickens for us
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Post Options Post Options   Quote erinchelsea Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jan 2012 at 8:59pm
LOL, Katherine! I dream about chickens once in awhile.
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our ameracauna is scrawny but is a great producer.  she seems a bit dim, but maybe it is because she is flighty.  
i like my plymouth rock the best.  she lays well, and is the friendliest.  but i socialized her well too when she was a chick.  
our buff orpington lays huge eggs regularly.  but she is very loud.  every morning first thing and several times throughout the day she just stands there squawking and squawking with all her might.  perhaps it is the huge egg she feels she is about to push out!  i like her meaty body and plush feathers, but i would need to see some other buffy's not being so loud before getting more.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SEMama Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 10:29am
We have 2 mutt hens that we love. They look like they may have some game bird or something in them and they are a bit small (*not* meat chickens) and lay small eggs but are very smart! My $ is on them to survive if we're ever not able to take care of them.

I have 6 barred rock hens. One of them has a name but I call the rest of them "the b*tches" b/c they are so stinkin mean to the other chickens. Granted, I'm pretty sure they are low quality hatchery stock, and I think that makes all the difference. Everyone else I know that has BRs loves them. They are great layers though!

I have 2 Buff Orpington hens. Again, low quality hatchery stock. Not the sweet cuddly birds that everyone else raves about. One of them is definitely the low man on the totem pole and seems to have an anxiety problem. She is about half the size of her "sister". We had another BO that just dropped dead one morning. They have been pretty skittish birds. I would love to try some higher quality orpingtons. They have been great layers as well.

I also have 2 Marans that lay chocolate eggs. They are a fairly new addition to our flock and aren't laying great but they might just be too stressed out from the "b*tches" pecking them all the time. One of them is very skittish and anxious. The other one is the most calm hen I own.

We also have 6 sussex chicks. Their father was a silver sussex and their moms were either silver, coronation, or light sussex but all the babies ended up with silver coloring. They are eating machines! They are about 8 weeks old and go through 25 lbs of chick starter A WEEK. They are huge though and should make pretty good meat birds. Very pretty. But, we have 3 roos and 3 pullets so atleast 2 of the roos is going to have to go (either get sold or go to freezer camp). They are probably the best quality stock of all our birds - I think their parents were imported from Australia.

one note about Australorps, everyone says how calm and gentle they are, so my SIL got several chicks last year. All of those chicks were babied right from the beginning and they have totally been my nephews pets. They ended up with one Roo and he was soooo sweet and cuddly. Until about a month ago. Now, he tries to flog my SIL everytime he gets near her. Especially when she is holding her baby.  I've heard the same about RIR roos as well so I'm very hesitant to ever have a RIR roo in my flock.
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