What's your favorite chicken??

Discussion in 'Other Pets' started by Victoria, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. Victoria

    Victoria New Member

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    Dec 20, 2008
    Vernonia, Oregon
    I am looking into getting a few more hens, and thinking about Copper Marans that a lady on CL has for sale, but then I heard they are slow to mature!! Darn!! I am still considering the Marans, but would love some input on large breed chickens. I love my bantams, but am looking into selling the eggs, and really want larger eggs.
    Thanks for ideas, do's and don't!! :greengrin:
     
  2. TinyHoovesRanch

    TinyHoovesRanch New Member

    Im a Silkie girl LOL LOOOOOVE them so much!

    Good luck in your chicky search
     

  3. Hidden Waters Farm

    Hidden Waters Farm New Member

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    Oct 3, 2010
    Maine
    I had the cutest most sweet Bantam rooster, however he passed away yesterday and I know I will never be able to replace him :tears:.
     
  4. Hmmmmm, thats a hard one? I LOVE all my different kinds. The breeds I picked are all very hardy and can withstand the winters here. They are also known to be AWESOME layers.

    First fav would have to be my Barred Rocks
    Second would be Blasck Australorps
    Third would be The Buff Orpingtons
    Fourth the sexlinks both gold, and black
    and last but not least, I LOVE my Polish Crested!!!

    Not sure I really helped, but that is what I have and am VERY happy with them!
     
  5. Victoria

    Victoria New Member

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    Dec 20, 2008
    Vernonia, Oregon
    Yep, it all helps!! I do have two White Crested Black Polish hens, I don't expect them to lay till spring though...
    I really love my Black Cochin (that's Queen Latifa) but she is awful broody!!
     
  6. Myakkagoater

    Myakkagoater New Member

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    Apr 10, 2010
    1. Barred Rock
    2. Buff orpington
    3. Sexlinks
    4. RIR

    We have about 40 chickens now.. We get more eggs then we can possibly eat. About 15 per day. Keep a light on a timer in the winter helps with egg production.


    Tom
     
  7. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    sexlinks - AWESOME layers, good foragers too
    australorp- BeAuTiFuL !!! lol
     
  8. Hush Hills Fainters

    Hush Hills Fainters New Member

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    Oct 27, 2010
    I like cooked with a little garlic salt and pepper on a nice bed of fluffy white rice..and steamed veggies...hahahaha

    Sorry couldn't help myself....

    But I do live Tisie's Polish Crested (Curley) he is so beautiful and sweet
     
  9. annamarie

    annamarie New Member

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    Oct 17, 2010
    We have had a lot of different kinds. My favorites for personality are the Rhode Island Reds. They are almost always (in my experience) very friendly. Another favorite (although very shy mostly) are Americaunas. Those green and blue eggs are fun, and they are great foragers, but they do fly if you don't clip their wings. The most seemingly disease resistant ones we have had were the Laced Wyandottes. Although our sex links lay nice big brown eggs and they are good foragers, we have found that after their first year they start laying eggs with very thin shells, regardless of how much calcium they are eating, or how healthy they are.


    Hope that helps! :)
     
  10. Allipoe

    Allipoe New Member

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    Sep 7, 2010
    Harford County, MD
    My best layers always were my danged banties, which was annoying because I don't like to do extra math when cooking. BUT. Standard wise, I love my Rhode Island Reds. I also have Buff Orpingtons. Those two breeds are laying relatively well even with the wintertime (and I don't use a light on them). Seven hens, and I get about three eggs a day for wintertime. I had Delawares, but the fellow who sold them to me sold me a sick flock of babies (>.< screwed up ALL my chickens, the jerk) so I never -ever- saw them lay, so can't comment on them. Next thing I wanna try is Auracanas, or Americanas..just for fun colors.
     
  11. Sunny Daze

    Sunny Daze New Member

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    May 18, 2010
    Fairplay, MD
    I have a few black copper marans. 2 just started laying and they did seem to take forever. The other 2 were ebay eggs and I am really hoping they do a lot of changing before they mature because I am thinking the person I bought them from was not quite honest with their bloodlines! I also have speckled sussex, delawares, black australorp, bantam frizzles, ameraucanas, a couple california whites, and some mixes. The black australorp lays probably the largest egg of the bunch. I really like cochins but they lay fairly small eggs. I like the colored eggs of the ameraucanas and the black copper marans. The ameraucanas are actually pretty consistent layers and lay a decent size.
     
  12. cdtrum

    cdtrum New Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    I have had several breeds and as far as good layers....my Buffs are the best and I plan on getting more this spring, my 2 are going on 3yrs old and still lay every day! Second for laying would be my Black Austros.

    As far as cuteness, I love my Cochins....I love their house slipper feet.....my girls are just now getting old enough to start laying, but I have heard they are not the best for laying.
     
  13. Chi Chi

    Chi Chi New Member

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    Mar 7, 2010
    Our golden wyandottes and our onw lone rhode island red are very friendly and are great layers. They just started laying about 6 weeks ago- we have 8 hens and some days we get 7 eggs other 5. That is really unheard of in winter here in Minnesota from what I was told. We don't use a light either.
     
  14. KW Farms

    KW Farms Moderator Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Wapato, WA
    We used to have Buff Oringtons and they were awesome chickens. We also had banties, but I was not a big fan of those. The banty rooster we had would run up and attack you whenever it saw you. Ever since them I never really liked them.

    But our buff oringtons used to lay tons of eggs and were very docile and easy to handle when needed. They also are pretty to look at. ;)
     
  15. kids-n-peeps

    kids-n-peeps New Member

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    Aug 24, 2009
    Virginia
    In terms of personality and good egg-laying, we have liked Welsummers, Barnevelders, and Brabanters. Hatchery Easter-eggers have always laid well for us, too . . . many more eggs than our purebred Ameraucanas.
     
  16. Victoria

    Victoria New Member

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    Dec 20, 2008
    Vernonia, Oregon
    Wow that is awesome!! So many chickens ....so little time!!! Well then, I am thinking about the Welsummers cause I can get pullets fairly easy, and maybe a couple of Buff Orpingtons.
    I was gonna string a light for them, but maybe not. So, why do you think some lay well in cold, and some don't?? :shrug:
    An old timer I know puts a pinch of cayenne pepper in her feed in the winter, she says it keeps them laying all winter!!
     
  17. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Me too... :laugh:

    Anywayz...I like the
    sex links
    barred rocks
    Road island reds
    Polish
     
  18. newmama30+

    newmama30+ New Member

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    Oct 4, 2010
    Wabasso MN
    I think we ended up with one or two of everything last summer. But I really liked my Giant Black hen they take alot longer to mature but she was pretty laid back compared to some of the hens, I am also considering some White Giants, and some more Buffs, as the buff was the only one to sit on eggs, unfortunately she went broody in Sept, they Hatched Oct 3rd and just weren't big enough yet when it got really cold, I'm considering ordering eggs for her to brood this spring as she sat twice last year once for the guy I bought the flock from and once for me.
     
  19. Mon Reve Farm

    Mon Reve Farm New Member

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    Jun 25, 2010
    Southern DE
    Of our standard sized chickens my favorites are the Buff Orpingtons. The breeds we have so far besides the buffs...
    Production Reds
    Rhode Island Red
    Barred Rock
    Golden Laced Wyandotte
    Speckled Sussex (all died this summer during the heat wave)
    Light Brahmas (all but one died during the heat wave)
    White Rock

    In the barn I have Delaware, Wellsummer and Golden Laced pullets with a Wellsummer cockerel. So far all from the hatchery have survived - it's the best survival rate I have had with ordering in and picking up locally.

    But my absolute favorites are my Silkies and my 5 Silkie/Bantam Cochin crosses. They make me smile every time I see them! :)
     
  20. Victoria

    Victoria New Member

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    Dec 20, 2008
    Vernonia, Oregon
    I am going to be getting pullets at the end of January. I have never raised babies in the winter, and am gonna have them in the house (I think) till spring. It just makes sense to raise them in the winter, but I am a bit nervous about the cold. I will have them on a heat lamp tho, so all should be well.
    I am getting the Black Copper Marans, and Welsummers. I am also puttin an order in for Delewares but I may change that as I read they are very broody. I think one broody Cochin is plenty for me!!