Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons
Everyone has good looking and interesting chickens. I'm 3 weeks into chickendom. I have Russian Orloffs, golden spangled Hamburgs, Light Brahmas and Ameruacanas. Too many choices! They are primarily for grass hopper control (tired of the garden getting decimated right before harvest). Eggs will just be a bonus.
For anyone who has raised Ameruacans, the chicks I have have different feather patterns. Same body feathers (grey, brown and black) but their heads are different. Some have buff around their eyes and others have solid heads. What color are they going to end up? The consensus here seems to be to not vaccinate. Why? Mine were't but they're going to go in a coop that hasn't been used in 30 years so is there any risk to them?
Does anyone have Guineas? If these girls can't keep up with the grasshoppers, I'm thinking of adding some next year. Do you house them with the chickens or keep them separate? Can you even buy crested or vulturine guineas?
Ameruacans donít have one single coat color or pattern and come in many colors. Some have more face muff, and some less, but they all will have a smaller pea like comb. You wonít know exactly what color or pattern they will be until their adult feathers all come in.
What is neat about them is they lay different shades of green, blue, and olive colored eggs. One hen will lay a bright blue one, another hen will lay a softer green one and trying to figure out who is doing what can be fun.
I had guineas before. They are bug eating machines, but harder to keep contained as they fly very well and prefer to roost in trees. My guinea flock ended up picking on my hens too much and in general being more trouble than they were worth. My birds free range in all the pastures and I could not keep them separate even with clipping flight feathers on the wings.
But many other folks have kept them with chickens and had no problems.
Welcome to the fun world of chickens!