I’ve been observing the differences between my two flocks of chickens now for almost a year. This is what I have observed about their dispositions, their personalities and their applicable place in the homestead or backyard chicken coop.
It’s really quite important to pick the right breed for your weather conditions and land characteristics. I also recommend picking a breed that is suitable for your energy and time constraints too. You will be happier and so will your birds.
COCHINS BANTUMS: Suitable for an urban backyard coop.
- Smaller in stature
- Calm and contented personalities
- Suitable for younger children to raise
- Content to be in their coop and run, modestly demanding
- Very attached to and protective of their flock members
- Serial brooders
- For egg laying not meat birds
- Reliable egg layers laying light brown, almost pink shelled eggs
- Put themselves in the coop on their own in the early evening
- Small combs and wattles so suitable for cold weather geography
RHODE ISLAND REDS: A heritage breed, suitable for farm or homestead where they can free range.
- Larger in stature, sturdy birds weighing up to 7 to 8 lbs.
- Wired personalities, very serious scratch and peck birds, a rather demanding breed
- Most suitable for older children to raise
- Every bird for themselves personalities
- Need to free range and not content to be in their coop and run all day long
- A duel breed, egg laying and meat producers
- Reliable layers, laying large brown eggs
- Want to be out in the woods up well past dusk so need to be put to bed at night.
- Mediums sized combs and wattles so suitable for cold weather geography
Whatever your situation and whichever breed you choose, enjoy your chickens and the adventures they bring to your homestead or family. They each have their own personalities, most are quirky, fun and interesting to raise and own. I do recommend keeping chickens!!
Small House homesteader, Donna