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Heard of a Bovan Brown?

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I saved three girls from where my husband's cousin works and they are called Bovan Browns. These girls are funny and really eat their weight in food. They are about 20 weeks old and one is already laying.

 

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My kids.....Buddy my German Shepard mix, Lil Man my Rottie mix, the Witches of East Wick (Bovans), Laverne and Shirley (Welsummers), Lucy and Ricky (Plymouth rock and Game rooster), Chicken Little (Game hen), Thelma and Louise (Pekin female and Mallard mix female), and Fred Mertz (Mallard drake).

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My kids.....Buddy my German Shepard mix, Lil Man my Rottie mix, the Witches of East Wick (Bovans), Laverne and Shirley (Welsummers), Lucy and Ricky (Plymouth rock and Game rooster), Chicken Little (Game hen), Thelma and Louise (Pekin female and Mallard mix female), and Fred Mertz (Mallard drake).

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These are what the 4H Poultry Chain uses. They are one commercial corporation's hybrid sex-link brown egg layer. We are getting about 25 chicks this spring via our county 4H office.

 

Learn more about the 4H poultry chain at http://www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/PDF/O202.pdf or conatct your local Cooperative extension Service office.

 

Learn more about the Bovans Brown at http://www.centurionpoultry.com/products/bovans_brown

 

The females are brown and the males are white and thus may be sexed by color at hatch time. However, this is a "terminal" cross and will not reproduce the same in the next generation.

 

 

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Bovans Brown

http://www.centurionpoultry.com/products/bovans_brown

 

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The BOVANS BROWN is a brown feathered, brown egg layer which has the ability to meet the expectations of a variety of egg producers with different objectives. She is the bird of choice for today's egg farmers who expects high egg numbers and a forgiving bird, all essential ingredients to keep their business profitable. She not only performs well for the egg producer with traditional production facilities, being very docile is making her the perfect bird for alternative production methods as well.

 

 

An emergency came up. Prayers needed. Be back on 4/28/14 or later.

Hall Family Farm specializes in Heritage breeds of poultry.

Buff Orpingtons are our favorite. We also have: Black, Blue and White Orpington, Australorp, Red Dorking

Dark Brahma, Buff Minorca, Arkansas Blues, American Buff Geese, Narragansett Turkeys.

Jahdan is working with several more.

 

  Hall Family Farm Swap Page   Ark...

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An emergency came up. Prayers needed. Be back on 4/28/14 or later.

Hall Family Farm specializes in Heritage breeds of poultry.

Buff Orpingtons are our favorite. We also have: Black, Blue and White Orpington, Australorp, Red Dorking

Dark Brahma, Buff Minorca, Arkansas Blues, American Buff Geese, Narragansett Turkeys.

Jahdan is working with several more.

 

  Hall Family Farm Swap Page   Ark...

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post #3 of 6
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Thanks. I can see why they would use them for commercial use. These girls layed much earlier than my two australorps and welsummers.

My kids.....Buddy my German Shepard mix, Lil Man my Rottie mix, the Witches of East Wick (Bovans), Laverne and Shirley (Welsummers), Lucy and Ricky (Plymouth rock and Game rooster), Chicken Little (Game hen), Thelma and Louise (Pekin female and Mallard mix female), and Fred Mertz (Mallard drake).

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My kids.....Buddy my German Shepard mix, Lil Man my Rottie mix, the Witches of East Wick (Bovans), Laverne and Shirley (Welsummers), Lucy and Ricky (Plymouth rock and Game rooster), Chicken Little (Game hen), Thelma and Louise (Pekin female and Mallard mix female), and Fred Mertz (Mallard drake).

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post #4 of 6

Some of these actually start laying pullet eggs at about 4 1/2 to 5 months old. There only concern is Eat, Drink, Lay, Sleep and not neccessarily in that order. Our 4H chain birds have turned out to be quite good at free ranging. The males are definetly males. But have never heard of any going broody. Since all ancestors were caged birds in breeder houses, if a hen went broody it was culled for poor egg production. They only use breeders that have been successful in their pullet year to hatch from in the 2nd year.

An emergency came up. Prayers needed. Be back on 4/28/14 or later.

Hall Family Farm specializes in Heritage breeds of poultry.

Buff Orpingtons are our favorite. We also have: Black, Blue and White Orpington, Australorp, Red Dorking

Dark Brahma, Buff Minorca, Arkansas Blues, American Buff Geese, Narragansett Turkeys.

Jahdan is working with several more.

 

  Hall Family Farm Swap Page   Ark...

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An emergency came up. Prayers needed. Be back on 4/28/14 or later.

Hall Family Farm specializes in Heritage breeds of poultry.

Buff Orpingtons are our favorite. We also have: Black, Blue and White Orpington, Australorp, Red Dorking

Dark Brahma, Buff Minorca, Arkansas Blues, American Buff Geese, Narragansett Turkeys.

Jahdan is working with several more.

 

  Hall Family Farm Swap Page   Ark...

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That is some really cool information. I know these Bovan eat like there is no tomorrow. Is there something that I can do to keep these girls busy?

My kids.....Buddy my German Shepard mix, Lil Man my Rottie mix, the Witches of East Wick (Bovans), Laverne and Shirley (Welsummers), Lucy and Ricky (Plymouth rock and Game rooster), Chicken Little (Game hen), Thelma and Louise (Pekin female and Mallard mix female), and Fred Mertz (Mallard drake).

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My kids.....Buddy my German Shepard mix, Lil Man my Rottie mix, the Witches of East Wick (Bovans), Laverne and Shirley (Welsummers), Lucy and Ricky (Plymouth rock and Game rooster), Chicken Little (Game hen), Thelma and Louise (Pekin female and Mallard mix female), and Fred Mertz (Mallard drake).

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post #6 of 6

I had a few of them this year in free range.  They did OK but no matter how much green they ate, their yolk remained a pale yellow.  The egg flavour just wasn't there.  

 

More tasteless eggs yes but I still prefer the eggs I get from my heritage flock.

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