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The best breed???
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KatG    Posted 10-12-2004 at 19:54:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thinking about starting a new flock of chickens this spring...I want brown eggs...What in ya'll opioin is a good breed??? TAhnks..KAtG


KatG    Posted 10-13-2004 at 18:21:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks everyone...very great info and advice...I am going to check this hatchery out...I have heard good things about them...KAtG


EngineerJoyce    Posted 10-13-2004 at 08:25:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Buff Orpingtons are my favorite.
I've also had:
Barred Rock (mean, will attack)
White Wyandotte (nice, easy to pluck)
Rhode Island Red (so far, so good)
Dominiques (a.k.a. dominikkers, no problems)

If you want to eat them too, the lighter feathered are better. We had problems plucking the barred rocks.

This hatchery has its chicks seperated into white egg layers and brown egg layers, and a good description of each breed. It will give you some comparisons and such. I made note of who was broody and who wasn't. The only hen I have had to sit was a Buff Orpington. 3 clutches this year alone.


Bkeepr    Posted 10-13-2004 at 06:19:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
We've tried several breeds, but have settled on Dominiques as the best all-round.

They're gentle and calm.

They're dual purpose, so you can get a good supply of eggs but also put extra chickens in the freezer should you be so inclined.

They have the "self-preservation" instinct that most of the new breeds don't, so ours free range and find much of their own food for 3 seasons of the year and most of the time hold their own against hawks (I've actually seen two hawks strike our hens over the years and the hens ran away and the hawks looked stunned just before the rest of the flock came and beat them up.)

They do well in heat and cold weather.

take care!

Tom A


bulldinkie    Posted 10-13-2004 at 05:49:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I had a flock of rhode IslandReds(my favorite) everybody said get black australorpes I hated those chickens from day one were wild.The rhodes I had 2 rooster they would come visit company,Id work in yard they would come up look in hole see what was in there when I was digging.I had a rhode hen she was 12 years old friendly little bird.she would follow me around when I fed animals at night to get some dog food,cat food.something got her about 2 months ago.


KellyGa    Posted 10-13-2004 at 03:47:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have Buff Orpingtons and Speckled Sussex. They both give nice brown eggs, and both are a docile breed. I love my chickens. :)


Les    Posted 10-13-2004 at 03:04:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rhode Island Red, New Hampshire Red, White Plymouth Rock, Barred Plymouth Rock. There's nothing prettier than a flock of Barred Rock chickens.


Brad    Posted 10-12-2004 at 20:24:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
and my buddy and i would ride around the country side attempting to sell these eggs.
we would say, "brown eggs make for the best cakes(and such)".
One neighbor women said to that claim, "Bull", and then she said "i will take 2 dozen".


Brad    Posted 10-12-2004 at 20:04:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
greetings.
I saw your post and thought i could help .
i had these when i was a teenager.
a healthy breed, lay large brown eggs

http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/product/red_star.html

i fed mine layer mash, the eggs would be large enough at times to prevent latching of the cartons.



impressed    Posted 10-12-2004 at 20:14:41       [Reply]  [No Email]

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