Originally Posted by AnneInTheBurbs
My Rhodebar laid her first egg today! A true fart egg. It was so teeny! @dheltzel
, how big do the Rhodebars get? Just curious, she's still pretty small.
does anyone have a pic of a full grown Rhodebar?
Oh, and here is another pic of one of the bantam Cochins chicks. Roo or pullet anyone?
One of these is the mother of your RB pullet! For scale, the blue feeder is a standard 5 gallon bucket.
I was going to say "exactly the same size as a Rhode Island Red", but that might not be a useful comparison if you've never raised RIR's.
I keep being impressed by these. I have 2 young pullets in a tractor with a bunch of CCL's and I caught one to move her. It was easy to handle her, she seemed fine with being picked up, even though I never handle her except to move her. I can tell you those CCL pullets with her would NOT be fine with the same treatment. She sat quietly in my hand as I carried her to her new pen. Once there, the existing birds started chasing and harassing her. It took about 10 minutes for me to get her back out from the corner where she was hiding. She was not happy and immediately bit my arm and held on like a snapping turtle. I put her back where she came from and still had to pry her beak off my arm. I figured I deserved that. They are extremely calm birds, but also very assertive and will let you know if you cross the line with them (rather than just fleeing hysterically like most of my pullets).
Next year I hope to try a Rhodebar/Bielefelder hybrid. I hope to improve their productivity even more with some "hybrid vigor", but still keep the autosexing. If it works like I hope, these could be perfect for backyard flocks as the heavy producers, with a Welsummer and/or Legbar thrown in for unusual egg colors and a more "predator alertness".
That cochin sure looks like a pullet to me. I seem to recall cochin roos showing a much larger comb at a small size.