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Comment by josephal on November 11, 2011 at 2:30pm

Are leghorns suitable chooks for young families?

Comment by Laura Bylsma on November 11, 2011 at 1:46pm

I recently got a couple of light sussex and a couple of leghorns. They've all been great layers so far, but the light sussex tend to make a bit more noise in my (limited) experience. I cringe at what the poor neighbours must think at 5am some mornings!

Comment by josephal on November 11, 2011 at 9:27am

Maybe chickens are liked people and have their own personalities :)

Comment by Kelly Hobbs on November 11, 2011 at 9:05am

I have four urban chickens, all heritage breeds. My orpington is the best layer but she is the noisiest and the most aggressive. Perhaps she isn't the best example of her breed. Also I find that since she has so many fluffy feathers, she can get a bit daggy around her vent and I've had to give the feathers there a trim. My light sussex is quiet and a good layer of really big eggs. My barred rock is also quiet and a good layer but goes broody more often. My araucana is my favourite she is the quietest and most friendly. She goes broody at the drop of a hat though. If I were to replace my flock I would get all smaller size birds like araucana as I find them easier to deal with and less destructive. : )


Comment by Denise on November 11, 2011 at 8:25am

Hi Bev, 

I have urban chickens in a similar context (orpingtons, barnevelders and light sussex) and agree with Kate that the orpingtons are the quietest. I would say my light sussex are better layers though! The barnevelders are also good layers but less friendly and go clucky more in my experience. Mind you my barnevelders did come from the bush so that probably has something to do with it - one in particular is quite wild! 

Comment by Kate Jury on November 11, 2011 at 7:49am

Hi Bev,

Having had all of the breeds you listed except the barnevelders, I would say the orpingtons would be the quietest.  I currently have two black orpingtons and a blue orpington and they are extremely quiet compared to my light sussex.  I used to have a wyandotte, and yes, she was aggressive.  I also used to have some barred rocks - nice birds, similar in temperament to the light sussex.  Hope that helps in some way. 

Comment by Bev G on November 10, 2011 at 11:57pm

Quieter Breeds?

I'm still in the planning stages of getting my first chickens and trying to decide which breed would be most suitable for me. I have a very small suburban backyard with close neighbours. The friendly council inspector has said I can have two or three chickens but suggested I should opt for one of the quieter breeds. My preference is for the heavier heritage breeds - Silver Laced Wyandotte, Barnevelders, Barred Rocks, Light Sussex or Orpingtons. My first choice was the Wyandottes but someone has told me they can be aggressive and recommended Barnevelders. Any suggestions or comments, particularly re the noise factor but also taking in to consideration that I am an absolute novice? They'll be part-time free rangers, somewhat dependant on how well my Scottish Terrier tolerates them!

Comment by Natasha Bagley on November 8, 2011 at 9:30am

Pics of my rescued battery hens on the first day in their new home if anyone is interested


Comment by Natasha Bagley on November 8, 2011 at 9:28am

Hi poultry lovers. I got four rescued battery farm hens last week and they have been settling into their new home in my back garden. They all appear to be eating and drinking well. They are dust bathing, scratching, flapping etc.. so seem to be quite happy..oh and laying an egg a day each. One thing I have noticed though is they are not using the perches. I know they would not have had perches in the farm and I did lift a couple of them up onto the perches on the first night, but how important is it that they actually sleep there?


I have two nesting boxes and at present all four of them seem to be trying to sleep in the same one! I wonder if they are cold as the weather has been quite rubbish this week and they are missing a lot of feathers. Any ideas on making them warmer or whether I let them keep sleeping in the nesting boxes? They currently have a wooden house with shavings and hay. Thanks

Comment by kathryn kneepkens on November 8, 2011 at 9:15am

Hi Tim, Last night was the first night, I have put all the chickens in the one house, all seems to have gone well. 

As for sexing the young birds, Yes I think, to be sure, you have to wait.

They love getting into the veg garden. had to rescue my beans and corn from them. 



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