Friday, February 1, 2008

Chicken Wish List

This is the wish list at this point:

Partridge Rock or Wyandotte

Silver Laced Wyandotte

Buff Orpington



Buff Brahma

Jersey Giant . An alternate choice would be Australorps...any preferences between the two out there?

Barred Plymouth Rock

Golden Laced Wyandotte

If I'm not mistaken, they're all brown/tinted/colored egg layers and are good dual purpose chickens. Does anyone have any feedback as to possible drawbacks to any of these breeds, from experience?

Another question I have is what, if any, is the difference between the Rock type and the Wyandotte type there a difference in weight, temperament, hardiness? I often see some of the particular colorations listed for both, but don't really know what would figure into a preference for one over the other.

Are there any particular favorite chicken breeds you might have that aren't here? I'm not experienced and the list is comprised mainly of chickens I'm guessing are good foraging fowl and good for multipurpose egg and meat. And they're really beautiful...

There are so many others I love the look of...these are simply the ones that keep reappearing whenever I narrow down what I am attracted to.

Photos from these sites:


Maria said...

We have Buff Orpington, Australorps, Americauna, and Speckled Sussex and love them all! They are all well behaved and don't mind human attention (which is partly because they were handled so much as chicks). They are good layers, too. The Buff and Australorps lay brown eggs (and the Buff's eggs are really large). the Sussex lays almost pinkish eggs, and of course, the Americaunas are blue. Oddly enough, our Americaunas seem to be our best layers.

Robbyn said...

Maria, your chickens are beautiful, from what I see on your site! I was really pulling for the recovery of the Speckled Sussex you nursed back from the brink, mentioned a while back in your posts :)

Maria said...

She not only completely recovered, but became the loudest most pushy of the bunch :-)

jayedee said...

i want buckeyes sooo badly! tried hatching some i got in the mail over the summer......but i guess the florida heat got to them before the mailman got 'em to my door. hopefully, i'll have a chance to try again this year! right now we have 2 elderly rhode island reds, a couple dozen welsummers, and about 14 partidge cochins ( thanks to the dozen or so mama hatched out the other day!)