I have a Marans Pullet that I'd like to sell. Thought I'd offer here first. She's healthy and lays quite a dark egg, but she's got some qualities that I can not pass on to my flock. Her tail is too high, she has no feathering on her shanks and NOW I noticed that she has white earlobes (gasp!). I attempted to add size and egg color from a different line of Marans, after the raccoon was finished with my flock I had only this pullet left from that line. I see now that she will not be adding size or color to my group but has several other poor qualities (DQs) to pass on, so I need her gone. She's not particularly attached to any of the other chooks, roosts alone at night, forages just a slight distance away from the others, so I don't' feel back about separating her.
So this is my long way of saying…she lays dark eggs but should NOT be used as a breeder for anything other than Olive Eggers. Anyone interested?
I didn't get much viewing time in at the show yesterday, I sure hope I can get back there tomorrow.. we'll see. Here are some pics, I know you wanted to see some LMP:
I realize this next one is focused on the bars (duh) but it shows his 'type' better than the other shots. Gotta love the Bantam Cochins
I know a bunch of you raise 'meat' birds...In your opinions, what are the best to raise..*temperament/ *size/* time it takes to fill out, we would like to keep it to no more than 10 wks..., and anything else I am missing...I have been reading up some...seems like a lot like the "cornish x" better than "freedom ranger"...any thoughts on this? Oh yeah...the DH wants the kind that don't crow too... ..good grief...just ignore that one:smack
We have pretty much decide on the turkey breeds we want, now looking to the meaties....Thank you-Danielle
Cornish cross are by far the fastest growers but also encounter the most health isdues because of the fast growth. I found that putting them in with other birds kept them more active & from gaining weiht too rapidly. This greatly reduced flip & leg problems. You can order all pullets to solve the crowing issue, but I had all males & they reached butchering size before crowing. Hens tend to be a bit smaller. I liked them best for meat quantity & growth rate. They eere also easier to pluck.
I also did red broilers & black broilers. The roos grew pretty rapidly & got nearly as big ad the cx. They took about 3-4 weeks longer to reach weight & the hens never did get as big as I would have liked them. They were much healthier & more active than the cx. Drawbacks, a bit harder to pluck & some had dark spots from the dark feathers once plucked. They did have better flavor than the cx but never got as big. I grew them 4-8 weeks linger than the cx.