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Egg Laying Chickens
Does anyone here keep egg laying chickens?
I have some questions about them...
don't all chickens lay eggs?
I have some feathered friends on our farm. Kind of a mixed bag of chickens, turkeys, and ducks.... I might be able to help you with an egg laying question.
My best and most consistent egg layers are Rhode Island Reds.
I have one white rooster, eight Reds and five Bar Rocks (black and white stripes)
I keep chickens, what do you want to know. Please don't ask what came first the chicken or the egg :wink:
Cuttingedge- You can keep the RIR chickens. My last order of chicks got mixed up and I got Rhode Islands instead of my favorite Production Reds (a RIR leghorn mix) They arent near as friendly and pick on my Buff Orpingtons. They are good egg layers but not as good as the production reds and they peck at me when I go under them for eggs :evil: My PR's will sit on your lap and just stand there and let you pick them up, same with the orpingtons. I just think the RIR's are meaner.
Vida, My reds are all tame....I got this batch as chicks and handled them daily, I had 2 red roosters in the bunch I got and when they got larger started showing aggression, in to the oven they went! :D
You are right though, Reds are an aggressive breed....
I didn't handle the RIR when they were chicks as much as I did the PR's that may expain it. I haven't named any of them either :lol: I had one named Shirley that used to work in the garden with me. Just a really friendly chicken. She made the mistake of sticking her head through the fence and one of my dogs took her comb off. We had to eat Shirley so that was the end of my naming chickens.
Reds are misserable chickens. At one point we had a little over 300 production reds. We have never had a better set of laying hens.
Oh I HATED the RIR Devils we had. We had one nasty rooster, and then my sisters friend gave us, a hen. Soon we had about seven thousand of them.
White rocks and cochins are the best layers we had. I LOVE cochins. Polish are actually my favorite chickens, but they do not make nests or sit on eggs.
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