I had past tense.... Guinea fowl, Welsummers, Silkies, two Araucanas (both tailless), heritage Turkeys, and a barnyard mix with a strong EE influences. Oh and Buff Brahamas. Back when I first found out about blue egg laying chickens I was fascinated and did a lot of research on them. I am a researcher by nature...
The EEs were a mixed bag Large Fowl and Bantam and some in between. MOst of my broodies were EEs or EE crosses. While they were doing their job my flock was always filled with peeps and cheeps and big and little and tweenagers... With that group I also had three roos and about thirty hens... The roos Were Waylin Willie and Bubba. Came from a farm that had too many. Waylin had a MIGHTY Doodle doo. Willie had a lilting song and his head dopped down to the side when he finished. Bubba ... that first few months I never heard him sing. He would just stand there like a lump and watch.
The auracanas I didnt have very long... I lost em all to coyote pack getting in the yard. It was a cascade failure on many levels. I am over it.... it was about four years ago. So I wont be doing poultry again till I can do my new poultry house and a secure run for them. And live there as well.
Hi Deb - how long did you have the tail-less Araucanas? How good was production from them after age Two ? I'm getting conflicting feedback about their productivity - some say not so good and others say better than Ameraucanas and EEs. My Amer was a great layer as a pullet but only gave us 3 eggs this year so I am researching the Araucana because it seems like a gentle and small breed but I don't know much about their production. Blue-egg Cream Legbars are too big and assertive for my backyard flock so I elimated them. Thanks for your input.
Aruacanas .... I bought an adult male probably about a year old and a point of lay female. When the hen started laying I got six eggs from her then fall set in and she stopped laying. One day in the spring I found her dead in the coop... I didnt buy her for prduction I bought her for her genes.... The intention was to raise up a few for cross breeding.
All I can say about it is next time I get Auracnas I will invest in Hinkle or something simlilar. Though I would rather have Creme Legbars.... I know someone who raises super blue eggers and hope to get some from her.
With regard to assertiveness.... I have No issues with a chicken being a chicken. They push each other around... pull a few feathers on occasion. There IS a reason for pecking order. If I find that there is alot of that going on It is usually because I need to add a feeding station... so no one goes hungry.
There is something to be said for haveing a larger flock... easier to hide in a crowd. My largest flock was about fifty to sixty. My next flock will be close to a hundred.
Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,
Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.
Future poultry: Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy
"A dream without a plan is just a wish" Katherine Paterson