Remember I said I love to see a mixture of colors in my flock? I'm such a chicken newbie to various breeds that I had no idea who was what. I just remember growing up with assorted colored chickens in the chicken yards. Same with everyone I know. I guess it's because no one was actually breeding for specific breeds. They just had chickens for eggs and food and let the birds figure out who was breeding who, hatching the eggs, and raising the chicks. Since being here, I've learned a lot about the various breeds and all the work involved in breeding them. I'm not into breeding or raising chicks at this point. Maybe in another lifetime. :-) Anyway, it's great information and I'm trying to put it to use, as it pertains to my little flock of hens. Some of it gets confusing, about what applies how, and I have to go back and look stuff up. Like when I got my Orpingtons. One was white and she has white legs. I was sure this was correct, but then during some middle of the night because I can't sleep reading, I read something about white chickens having legs that go white with age after years of laying eggs (my interpretation of the post.) Well that through me, because I was sure that she was supposed to have white legs and white feet, so when I got up the next morning, back I went into research mode, and sure enough, I was right to start with. White Orpingtons are supposed to have white legs and feet, and that has nothing to do with age. It's other breeds of white chicken that are supposed to have yellow legs that the post applied to. I put that in the back of my brain for future reference. Apparently, when buying white chickens, you're supposed to watch for the color of the legs so you don't get fooled when buying a "young" white chicken with white legs on a breed that's supposed to have yellow legs. I try to research the breed before I get them but sometimes I get lost. You know that saying about too much information can be a bad things sometimes? LOL
Anyway, I as I said, I only have chickens for the eggs...and enjoyment of the chickens themselves. When I add to the flock, I look for a hen that lays brown eggs and is pretty...and preferably, a color I don't already have or something that makes her distinct. I've just completed my flock (unless a chocolate colored egg laying Maran comes my way) and this is what I have: 1 Rhode Island Red (I never knew there were different kinds. This one was given to me by my friend, who like me, just has chickens. I would assume it's what y'all call a production RIR?); 1 Orpington/Red Star, red sex linked); 1 Barred Rock; 1 Blue Laced Wyandotte/Cornish (at best guess from other here upon seeing her pictures); 1 Blue Orpington, English; I Black Orpington, English; 1 White Orpington, English; 2 Black Australorps They are all in various stages of molting, all on the up side so at least they are getting better at this point. I had no idea that molting took 6 weeks, nor that I was supposed to add a supplement with more protein. I just started that today. As of now, with 9 hens (which is one over my hard limit), I'm getting 3 eggs a day. Hopefully, that will improve now that I've added the supplements. We'll see.