If you are only interested in egg production then you may not want to purchase chicks that have broody tendencies. Broody hens can be troublesome, so if you’re not looking for a mother hen, here are the breeds you may want to avoid. Buff Rocks Cochins Orpingtons Dark Cornish Sussex Cuckoo Marans Plymouth Rock Brahmas Silkies Cochin Bantams Cornish Bantams Serama
The Orpington is one of my favorite breeds. They are very sweet, friendly, and seldom bullies towards the other members of the flock. However, living in the desert where the temperatures reach well over 110 they have proven their tolerance for heat to be quite low. Especially considering they can be broody and won’t leave the coop where temperatures can be life-threatening. Every situation is different and they may be fine as free-range chickens with plenty of shade and water.
Details of the Buff Orpington: Type: Large Fowl & Bantam Size: 7-8 pounds Purpose: Dual (meat or egg production) Recognized Varieties: Buff, Black, Blue, White, (buff is most common.) Eggs: Color: Brown Size: Large Frequency: 3-4 per week Breed Features: Feathered Legs: No Crested: No Comb Type: Single Comb Number of Toes: 4 Character & Traits: Accepts confinement well Cold Hardy Heat tolerant to 100 degrees Docile, friendly Broody / Setter Good layers through the winter