Post by mckenzygirl on Jun 13, 2008 16:22:03 GMT -6
I have Buffs! They are one of the best chickens we have ever gone with! They lay nice size eggs, sometimes double. They are hearty birds........winters in Northern Minnesota. You won't be sorry for picking this beautiful chicken!
We had Buffs from Mickyg.. We dont have any left..taken a break from birds. We also had a cat from Jeanette..Nibbies..she used to herd the out of the corn for us. We gave her up this spring also. & we had 3 more that went with her. None of them bothered the 'S. If we get more they will be Buffs as they were friendly. Oh the kitty kats went to a good home..
Post by abirdseyeview on Jun 16, 2008 8:18:12 GMT -6
Greenthumb, I've been raising chickens for a number of years, of the type you are looking for I've come up with the following among those I have raised:
Delaware: Winter Hardy Bears Confinement Docile Can be Broody Quiet, friendly Regular brown egg layer
Faverolle: Winter Hardy Bears Confinement Docile Can be Broody Quirky; loner; submissive Regular cream colored eggs
Welsummer: Winter Hardy Prefer to Range. Good foragers. You'll save on feed if you allow them to range freely! Docile Can be Broody Calm, intelligent and friendly Frequent, very dark brown egg layers
Orpingtons: Winter Hardy Bears Confinement Docile Can be Broody Calm Fairly regular large light brown egg layers
Hamburgs: Winter Hardy Do not like confinement Docile, enjoy being petted Not Broody Active, flighty Steady, Small White Egg Layers
Of the chickens listed the Faverolle would best fit your bill as being "pet like." They are truly friendly and enjoy being around their caretaker, in fact you might find them getting under foot.
There are lots of sites out there that can be helpful in making a selection. Just google for chicken breeds and you should find all the information you'll need. I would encourage you to consider a rare breed as many breeds of chickens are dying off because of hybrid "factory chickens" that are reared for production.
Good luck! I'll be anxious to see what you come up with.