Which pure breeds?

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QI would like three or four pure breeds and won­dered which I should choose, I want them to give colour and in­ter­est to my gar­den


Char­lotte Popescu says: You should try and get four hens of roughly the same size. To get a won­der­ful com­bi­na­tion of colours, I would go for a Buff Sus­sex or a Vor­w­erk (on both breeds their feath­ers are a com­bi­na­tion of brown and black), a Cop­per Blue Marans, (lovely deep grey with brown streaks in the neck) a Sil­ver Laced Wyan­dotte or an Ex­che­quer Leghorn (black and white) and some­thing black, as they usu­ally have a lovely black/green sheen to their feath­ers: maybe a black Or­p­ing­ton or a black Aus­tralorp. The Black Or­p­ing­ton is big and beau­ti­ful but placid so will get on with other hens.

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