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post #861 of 1037 Old 09-17-2013, 11:05 AM
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Thanks, egrogan.

Yep, been a tough summer and I hope the fall/winter doesn't bring any more deaths to my little flock. I'm down to 10 hens (3 young pullets) and 2 roosters now. I'd really like to keep the 12 I still have and add to the flock next spring to help with egg and chick production.

Some of the older gals have stopped laying and I need to replace them with younger hens. Not going to eat the non-laying hens as I promised their previous owner I'd keep them until they die, but any I add to the flock now are mine to do with as I see fit.

I actually have 5 young roos coming to me in the next month or two who are destined to go in the freezer. Their owner can't keep them and doesn't want to kill them herself, but says she doesn't mind if someone else has them processed for food. Since there's no emotional attachment to them and they're roos, they'll be easy to dispatch.

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post #862 of 1037 Old 09-17-2013, 01:48 PM
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I'll probably have to order some more day old chicks next spring. I did a count the other night and I'm down to 10 EE's, which are the ones I primarily rely on for eggs, 1 Wyandotte, 1 Sebright and 4 Cochins (whose egg production I don't even count). Right now I'm getting about 6-8 eggs per day which is really enough for us, but I had some good customers who are missing their fresh eggs. I want some more Cochins too, but they're just eye candy.

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Cochins are actually related to Orpingtons so they're not just pretty, they're dual purpose meat/egg birds as well. They don't get as big as the Orps, but they're fairly hefty chickens. Besides, who doesn't like chooks who look like they're wearing pantaloons?

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Besides, who doesn't like chooks who look like they're wearing pantaloons?
LOL! I KNOW! I love my Cochins. They have the BEST personalities and those feathered feet!

I want more Wyandottes (Whiney Dots) and some Orps too. Ahhhhhh Chicken Math again!



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What breed is the most likely to successfully raise babies?

Also, what breeds are the best layers?

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I like the Cochins because they will brood on anybody's eggs. So, I like them for raising babies. I like my EEs for egg laying, those girls fire 'em out like they think they're machine guns. There are several others who are good egg layers, but I've yet to see the beat of the EEs. And their eggs are pre-colored!


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How big are the Easter Eggers, Dream? Since I have the heavier breeds, I'd be a little concerned putting smaller hens with my current flock. Those girls get into some nasty scraps, especially over the best nesting boxes!

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The EEs can hold their own. In fact, since the Cochins are so docile, my only scraps come BETWEEN the EEs. The Cochins are off minding their own business.

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Yep, the Cochins are the pacifists. When it comes to duking it out over flock hierarchy and the best nesting boxes, it's always the RIRs and Buffs!

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I like the furry leg chickens. /Who am I kidding? I like them all ;-;
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