Trying Different Breeds of Chickens

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Trying Different Breeds of Chickens

Post by Foghorn on February 28th 2013, 11:02 pm

I started with the beautiful Silver Laced Wyandottes several years ago. I found them to be very pretty, average size eggs, but the roos were more aggressive than game cocks. Never did I have one of those hens get broody.
Next, I tried a cross. They were ameraucanas crossed with something else. They were decent egg producers, but the main thing I appreciated was the fact that they would brood eggs. They would brood and stick with it until they hatched; no giving it up after a week or two. My way of thinking, if you don't need to hatch a large batch of chicks let a hen do it. After several rounds of incubator sitting for three weeks at a time, I was more than glad to give the job back to a chicken. She didn't have anything else to do, but I did.
At present I have Plymouth Barred Rocks. They are a docile breed; they don't get broody very often; they are the best egg layers I've had to date, and the roos don't flog me and go up my leg like a pole climber every time I go in the pen.affraid


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Re: Trying Different Breeds of Chickens

Post by Deb on March 1st 2013, 1:15 am

My first roo was a barred rock. He was so ultra gentle and such a gentleman to his ladies. He spent more time finding worms and bugs out in the yard for his girls than he did chasing them for you know what. He would sit down on my knee if I sat down on the step of the coop. He would just sit there and want to be 'groomed' with his eyes closed.

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