Checking in before bed - lot of action over here!!!
Originally Posted by draye
Hey good birds are good birds no matter where they come from.
I'm really glad that you've have good experience with Ideal, I really am.
I'm planning on a NN order probably next year if things go right , (Cackle) seeing if I can get more of those mottled birds. To it won't hurt to get more if the red/buff birds slso. That is if I can't get eggs from someone close.
I may want to try the Cackle birds some day if I want more "blood".
Originally Posted by draye
I also want to add @Fire Ant Farm
. Go project on those NN. You'll have a lot of fun with that.
Projects are what keeps me going with my chickens.
Oh yeah, I have two incubators now and am totally going project!!!! I actually haven't yet gotten rid of the Speckled Sussex. I looked at them today, and I SWEAR they doubled in size overnight or something. Late growth spurt? Anyhow, I'll give them a little more time. (They're starting to outgrow their little kit coop, so I need to get them new digs.) I'm planning to put them with Tank to see if I can get any mottling out of them. Two have a LOT of white mottling (other three are more subtle). They are SUCH houdinis! I have to catch them about 3 times a day.
Originally Posted by Pensmaster
Wow 100 too bad everyone isn't closer we could share. Cackle chicks are available on February 8 for now. Ideal on 5-2 for now. S&G shows sold out. Sent them an email just out of curiosity.
I'm finally getting eggs starting back up. Not the Orpington's though. Maybe I'm expecting too much from them. All I read was 6-8 months for eggs and they love the months of October to March to lay. Well they missed the memo. Right now they are 9 months pushing 10 on the 7 of February. The Trader Joe hens are starting now even they are older than they were supposed to start. Hatched 8-9-15. Liking them. 7 eggs 3 hens 4 days not a bad late start.
Now that you have got my interest in the fountain pens I've looked them up at Woodcrafters and while the kits are a little more than the ball points it's doable.
We actually all VERY seriously considered a combo order with some of us making a road trip for chick pick up. But I think we lost enthusiasm when it seemed like so much work for what was ultimately an unknown quantity. I emailed them last year and asked whether I could get a smaller order if I drove for pick up. It seemed like they would consider it...
(Sorry to have made your pen math worse.)
Originally Posted by Kev
Yeah but now I cringe about the times I spoke of hatchery stock NN retaining the meat part of dual purpose more than other hatchery breeds...
I know this really sounds like 'in the good old days.....' the hatchery NN were coming out heavier back then. Still decent/good layers but very meaty, it was obvious handling a NN vs a barred rock or RIR. So far the pullets are looking to grow out smaller than my largefowl "NN mutts"..
Definitely keep Snape to bring the weights back up.
Oh yes I remember her... that was my bird..
The Germans also have very pleasing type, I think. I wonder if anyone has used them for improving on type or for show reasons?
Any of your NN besides Snape would be a good cross for a start on the blr pattern. Give a preference to the darker red birds if possible if you're not interested in gold laces. The dark red needs several genes that encourage more and deeper red pigments.
I'm one of them! :(
I bet that it may just be that the "slow decline" in hatchery stock is later coming for NNs than the other breeds. But there were still nice weights and body types in my birds. Snape is maturing so nicely. He is appropriately protective of the girls, getting better with his "technique" (though he still has some learning to do), and really is a big broad beast. They still prefer to sleep in a pig pile rather than roost, and he's so much bigger, the girls all burrow under him and he keeps them warm like a broody would. His rose comb is a bit of a lopsided mess of a thing, like he's wearing a hat slightly cocked to one side - good thing I don't care!
So that was your bird! She was so gorgeous - I BLAME YOU FOR MY CHICKEN MATH!!!!!!
So you're saying I should cross RLBW pullets/hens with Tank (or future boy like him), or cross RLBW cockerel/rooster with Sweetie? I'm getting these from Eight Acre Farm (Luane). I hear fantastic things about her birds, which is why I'm getting these. Original plan was the NHs and the BCMs, but there is a 20 chick minimum, hence the "add ons". (Of course, now it's 25...)
One of these days I'm just going to either drive to S&G or order 100 and figure out what to do with the ones I can't manage... (e.g., find someone else who wants NN chicks around here...)
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