Chicken Scratch forum: Friendly breeds

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Jan 3, 2011 10:21 AM CST
Ok Chickenheads, I've decided to have chickens instead of ducks....mostly because they are less messy and they will cost less in the long run. What are your opinions about friendly chicken breeds (hens only, can't have roos in the city)? I've read Orpingtons are good. I'd like to try a couple of breeds; not small breeds though....I'm wanting 'normal-sized' eggs. Thank you!
Jan 3, 2011 2:22 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
I love my Buff Orpingtons. They are very friendly. They do eat more than production hybrids and lay rather less. They are also quite talkative which I consider a plus - but your neighbors might not. My Barred Rocks are also friendly and lay better than the Orpingtons, but they have been known to bully younger hens. I also have Buckeyes and Ameraucanas that I would call friendly and easily handled.
Jan 4, 2011 12:31 PM CST
Hi Porkpal!!! I miss chatting with you on DG (I let my subscription expire for now so can't post), glad you are here too! I'm not too concerned about high production....these will be backyard chickens so I won't have more than 4 or 5. I'll keep the 'talkativiness' in mind. Our neighbors used to have chickens but we never heard them unless one was laying, I know they had 2 different ones but don't know the which breeds.
Jan 7, 2011 8:42 PM CST
Name: Rand Lowe
Vista, CA
Philosophy:common sense w/big words
My Rhode Island Reds are just sweethearts. They lay a medium to large egg and are typically "easy-keepers". (although they will eat til it's all gone if you give it to them)
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Jan 8, 2011 6:17 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I have 9 red sex link pullets that are very friendly. Though they are not laying yet I know they will be heavy layers. I also have 3 black sex links. Good layers but bullys with the other chickens. My barred rocks are the same way. So is my red comet hen. She lays a big honkin egg! Can't close the extra large carton over it.
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