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post #21 of 34 Old 11-19-2012, 01:01 PM
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Well, not so much recently.
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post #22 of 34 Old 11-19-2012, 01:50 PM
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Meat birds do lay eggs, but not in the quantities by chickens bred specifically for high egg production.

She could be anything, but like Chevaux I'm leaning toward Cornish Giant. Why do you think her life won't be as good if she's a meat versus egg chicken?
Regular species of meat chickens live a great life.

What I was telling her on another thread was Cornish X's. They do not lay eggs and they were specifically bred to do one thing, get really fat, really fast. They WILL get so fat they will die.

These are the typical "meat birds" hawked by TSC and other farm/ranch/feed places. I see tubs and tubs of them come Spring at all the various rural stores, they sell them by the hundreds along with a few varieties of egg chickens. No normal meat birds have ever been stocked. Great if you want fat chickens to butcher, useless for anything else.
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That's why I'm planning to buy from a hatchery and not someplace like TSC, Delfina. I don't want to just raise a brood for meat, I want a heritage breed that will have good, long, healthy lives.

I'm thinking Orpingtons, because the roos tend to be laid back and rather gentle, and if I'm breeding, I'm definitely going to need a roo.
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So do you think laying pellets are better for them rather than scratch? Making sure she isn't getting corn in her diet should help. And letting her out as much as possible for exercise.
If so I think it would help her hen live longer.

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Speed if I were you I'd go to a forum like BYC and buy some off of them.
My RIR's (hatchery birds) are supposed to go broody, being a "heritage" breed. But they are just as mass produced at the hatchery as they are for TSC. They have lost their tendencies and I'm going to phase them out.

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What is BYC, Fly? I want the healthiest birds possible, so if I can buy from a smaller breeder I'd rather do that.
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Nothing of value to add. Just wanted to say every time I see this thread title in the new posts list it makes me giggle. Thanks

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Backyardchickens.com is my fave. I'm addicted to reading the info on there. Awesome breeders that really know their BIZ. If I were you I'd put up a wanted ad in the buy-sell-trade forum. Also ask around in the breed section!

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Thanks for the info, Fly. I've seen that website, but never really looked at it in depth. Guess I'll go take a look around.
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My local feed store orders from a big hatchery. They can get whatever you want. My best layers have been the Plymouth Barred Rocks.

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