We hatched several beautiful Lav Orps this summer. Most had to be sold b/c of limited coop space. Out of all the purebreds, my kids went & fell in love with the backyard mixes we hatched for fun.
Here's the one my son chose. At first he named it "Mine." Later the name was changed to Nemo. The pullet actually seems to enjoy being handled by the kids. (She even seeks them out.) Just yesterday I saw my son with Nemo going for a bike ride up & down the sidewalk.
She's 6 mo old. No eggs yet, but her mom took 8 mo to lay. (We have the English bloodlines. They grow larger & often take a little longer to lay.)
Earlier pics of Nemo. She's a Coro Sussex x Lav orp.
My daughter was supposed to pick out a new lav roo, but she liked the personality of one of the splits better. He's a remarkable boy. Very alert, attentive to the hens, & not at all human aggressive. He started crowing at 3 mo & mating the older hens at only 3.5 months old. I couldn't believe it, but the eggs have been fertile ever since!!! It's not like he's a cuddler. I have hens for that. He's just kind of mellow & doesn't freak out if we pick him up.
Most recent pic below.
I ended up hatching only 3 males (9 females). The lav boy got sold early, so we kept the other split as a back up. The boys do not fight. I guess they worked it out back in their brooder days. The only time I've seen a raised hackle is if the #2 roo chases a hen & causes her to squawk. #1 just jumps in #2's path & the chase is off.
Here's #2 in front. He doesn't seem as filled out as #1 but as he grows he's looking less awkward.
Trying to decide if we should keep the back up or go down to one roo as we had planned On one hand, it's great having 2x the protection, but the limited winter space could be a problem. If keeping one roo, which one is better?. #2 has a softer & less frequent crow. However, he's not as gentle with the hens as #1. #2 is also more skittish. He runs away if we bend down to pick him up or pet him. Roo #1 would make my daughter happy (if he keeps his gentle temperament), and I like his appearance a little more. #1 crows a lot & it's not as pleasant a pitch.