Originally Posted by zooweemama
I love my Orpie girls! They are big and fluffy - I adore watching them run. I also love my Marans roosters. They let you hold them, snuggle...really nice guys. My 6 year old loves to go out and catch our 2 top roos (Samson and Copper) BCMs. The Orps are really stand offish and our oldest Orp roo (Joe) is a hands off kinda guy too. Because of their age- I am guessing we might not see most of them lay until start of 2013. At least my ducks are laying.
I bought 10 BCM chicks...and only scored TWO pullets from that set! Two! LOL We are keeping 2 of the males (we are sweet on them) unless they prove to be aggressive later then we will re-home whom we need to then.
I bought 12 Buff Orp chicks and ended up with what looks like 4-5 dudes the rest are all ladies. Not bad on the Orps!
The EEs are for fun. We love them!
The bantam laced wyandottes were a CL find from a local reputable breeder and they were SO pretty I couldn't help myself. I now try to stay away from CL or look when I am flat broke.
I'd love to have a Maran for dark chocolate eggs someday. Orps are fluffy! So are full size SLW...so cute! When my Silver sits down to rest on the railroad ties in our yard, her fluff spreads out around her like a big, poofy dress it's the cutest ever! Their pattern is sooo gorgeous too! I'd like to have a GLW too someday.
I have no roos...I live in the city so I made sure to buy all pullets and my ducks are female too.
Love my Runners soooo much they are super friendly which most people say Runners are skittish, but my girls are sweet. Some people say the extra mess of ducks isn't worth it but it soooo is. Besides if you're like me and only own 2, it's super manageable. Small pool, small house, and skinny Runners don't eat much more than my hens. Plus it's so dry in Boise that I can deep litter here and the chickens help me out by scratching through it from time to time and turning it over. Sorry I got off topic but I had to vent about how I love em'!!! And I'm on some pretty strong pain meds at the moment since I had surgery today. Congrats on your duck eggs, I'm super-jealous!!!