After having several different kinds of chickens for a year now, I can say that I have definitely developed a fondness for particular breeds. Now, there are tons of different breeds of chickens, so I haven’t experienced owning all of them, but if I were to suggest to you which kinds of chickens you should get, I’d say either Leghorns, or Rhode Island Reds. They are my favorites.
But this sweet girl is one of my favorites too:
This is Henny Penny. I love her. She’s super sweet, and gives good medium sized eggs. Can anyone tell me what kind of hen she is? I have no idea.
Here’s Big Mama, one of our Rhode Island Reds. She gives us nice big brown eggs. The Reds seem to be smarter than the others. These girls always go back to their coop when it starts getting dark outside in the evenings. All I have to do is shut the door on them to keep them safe for the night. (All of the other chickens roost in the trees if I don’t lure them into their coops with food before the sun starts to set. Once they are in the trees they are on their own. I haven’t lost any to predators overnight yet though, so they’ve been lucky so far.) I’d love to have more Reds.
Here’s Dirty Wilson. He’s a Leghorn. He’s so cool. He never bothers us, or chases anybody, or does anything wrong. He just struts his stuff around the yard, trying to impress his ladies. His girls were camera shy, so I don’t have a picture of them. The Leghorns have been my best layers. They’re the only ones who have laid consistently for me, even through the winter. They give big white eggs. Leghorns are also good meat birds. I’m hoping my hens start sitting this year, so that we can have some more of these chickens for meat and eggs.
And remember this guy? El Diablo, the mean rooster. He was a Sebright Bantam. Seems like Sebrights have a reputation for being mean. Even this guy’s lady was mean. She would peck my hand every time I reached into her coop to give her fresh food. She’d peck any other hens I’d put in there with her too. I had to keep her in her own little cage. We called her Big Bully, cause that’s just what she was. When I let all of the chickens out for the day, she always stayed away from the flock and went off on her own. One day she just didn’t come back. Guess she met her match.
I don’t like Sebrights. I’m sure some people appreciate their “character”… not me. I like my chickens friendly.
Bantams are nice, small chickens to own. Most of them are friendly, and they don’t take much room to keep. The only thing I don’t like is that they give small eggs. And the hawks seem to prefer them to the bigger chickens. We’ve lost a lot of Bantams over the past year to hawks. For that reason they aren’t really good for free ranging. But they are great hobby chickens.
So, those are my recommendations. Do you have a favorite breed of chicken? What is it that you like about that particular breed?