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INDIANA BYC'ers HERE! - Page 3972post #39712 of 499444/11/15 at 11:07pmQuote:Originally Posted by lesleaQuote:Thank you.
I got some pics today, but my phone is dead.
We figured out she got in a fight with one of our dogs, defending her nest. He has a scratch to his eye.
I got her to eat a little egg today. Will keep checking on it, poor thing.
How is she doing now?post #39713 of 499444/11/15 at 11:13pmQuote:Originally Posted by SallyinIndiana
you might like the heritage RIR banties. The full size are large and eat a bit more to maintain their size. I love my full size ones but if you are wanting a smaller feed bill perhaps the bantie heritage RIR would work.
My cream legbar rooster is standoffish but he does not attack people, now other roosters are his enemies but people he tends to just avoid. There was a short time this past winter when he had cabin fever that I thought he would turn mean but he didn't.
Hum will check them out. Husband is sold on Dominiques after reading online. I originally wanted polish but bantam eggs don't sell well. Then we learned they are somewhat flighty because they don't see well. I love the crested types. Husband wants a non flighty layer of large eggs that don't eat a lot haha. We both want docile.
Will read up on the type you mentioned. . More research maybe, sigh.post #39714 of 499444/12/15 at 5:51ampost #39715 of 499444/12/15 at 6:02am
Well, this morning she seems better. I saw her eating (or at least trying to eat--hard to tell how much goes in the mouth, isn't it?). She also pooped, so I know she has been eating. She had something white on her beak, which I think may be the hard boiled egg I left her. It seems to be all gone, so either her or the other birds ate it. All good signs! She still looks pretty rough. Needs a bath.
Thanks for asking. I am going to keep feeding her hard boiled eggs until I see her eating for sure from elsewhere.
Edited by leslea - 4/12/15 at 6:09amBaby chick wrangler, wild bird watcher, dog letter-in-and-outer, homework helper, Honeydew list maker, goodnight hugger, chocolate milk mixer, and in between all of that I am a writer. My Amazon page. Follow me on FB. Winner of the 2015 Easter Hatch-along Short Story Fiction Contest here on BYC.com!Baby chick wrangler, wild bird watcher, dog letter-in-and-outer, homework helper, Honeydew list maker, goodnight hugger, chocolate milk mixer, and in between all of that I am a writer. My Amazon page. Follow me on FB. Winner of the 2015 Easter Hatch-along Short Story Fiction Contest here on BYC.com!post #39716 of 499444/12/15 at 6:22amQuote:Originally Posted by Bawk
Many of you are great taking time to comment. I agree, Sally....good points...so we wanted to get at least two kinds. We were considering old heritage breeds which could die out for lack of interest too. Online has a lot about Dominiques but I do want to hear from others.
My husband's family had chickens... But our own first flock was white leghorn (too flighty), Ameraucanas ( one kid's mama called saying, "We can come over this week and can you dye some more eggs blue for us?" Heh heh.), and barred rocks. One barred rock was a character, very personable, she would peck feet to be picked up and "sing" happily when carried around. She pulled my dog's hair (long hair on his ears) she stole potholder off the table on the patio when we were eating outside...she would follow us around. The other 3 rocks were not very personable.
The next flock we had some of the old girls-- the Ameraucas still living and laying. We added Cochins, speckled Sussex, Polish, barred rock. Well the Sussex and Cochin were from a woman in KY. we noticed the other birds getting sick after the quarantine of one month. When one died, we called Purdue and it turns out they were carriers of MS and MG, said both can be passed on thru the egg to offspring. They said the government banned a medicine to get them well because they'd still be carriers. We have wild ducks in our yard/ pond and we were told it can spread if we kept them. It can spread to songbirds and waterfowl. After seeing what these went through, we did not want to risk any spread. It was hard decision. We were already using bleach spray on boots, hand sanitizer etc.with one hen dead and many more sick, we decided to give them up. Vet students studied disease with them. We were given things to sanitize the coop which was washed well, tilled into the dirt too. We were traumatized and turned off on chickens for a while. We waited past two frosts then husband again sanitized the coop really well.
The last flock we had was buff orpingtons. They were docile but not one personable bird in the whole bunch. They were from Mt Healthy, an NPIP certified hatchery...but just last month I was told though MS and MG can be passed to offspring, NPIP doesn't test for those two! Was shocked.
We have a more solid run which even birds can't get in. We want to every careful where our next flock comes from!
Anyway, the Buffs were tested again after we had them a year and were disease free.
Kids came over and wanted to hold the big rooster. One 6 year old said we had to name them all Sarafiona or they wouldn't give us any eggs. She was excited to find eggs and hold the rooster.
One friend came over who had grown up on a farm and she was delighted to hold one. She wanted to name one Cinderella. They did all look the same. When she visted later I'd do the same thing as I did with the kids when asked, "Which one is (my chicken's name)? I'd study them and pick one which had more feathers as our rooster was not a gentleman. So they go, "Yes, that's her!" haha Oh our rooster was King Midas so they wanted to know why he got that name and we told them the story of King Midas too.
The Buffs were docile but not personable. We didn't make enough selling their eggs to pay for their food, we get organic feed. We sold them before I had surgery last year; then we missed them! The chicken run looks so empty and visitors not going out to hold them and take pictures. Funny how people enjoy visiting the chickens!
Anyway, we might have considered Buffs again but we'd rather have more personable though docile chickens and better feed to egg conversion.
I like a varied flock but we wanted to get a rooster in case we decided to let some hatch, pick the rooster of the type we'd want more chickens of.
Reading about Dominiques what we liked is their egg laying doesn't just stop at 3 years. Welsummers we were considering do stop after 3 years and the Welsummers we found were larger breed. Domiques are little smaller. Online it said they lay a large egg. One site showed their egg laying steadily going down each year but not suddenly stopping. Our chickens tend to be more like pets, not good I suppose. We name them all, kids and adults come over and get attached too. IT would be nice if they lay for more years.
We liked idea of getting a different color of egg than the "main flock with rooster" too so if we did decide to have some hatch we could tell by the color which ones to let hatch. I hope this makes sense. I saw the cream brabanters and they make me laugh, I know people would enjoy them, especially the kids (if the brabanters aren't too flighty). But Brabanters are very hard to find. I'd be afraid to pick it for the main flock, I learned their egg laying isn't as good ( a woman sells hatching eggs for both of these breeds, she's in Nantahala, NC). They are the same size as Dominiques from what I can find out so I thought maybe good.. online many sites talk about how docile both are they are and productive though not like egg business productive; the woman in NC said the Domiques are better layers.
Then the Cream Legbars are docile and they are so pretty too, I loved them when I saw them but when I did a search on "aggressive rooster" on the site, wow... things like the rooster from "H***" and then one breeder in the CCL Club said roosters are very protective of their hens and would not be a good choice around children.
Now with the Brabanters and the CCL I don't think I'd want to try to hatch the eggs as they are still trying to get to the breed standard. I don't want to cull my birds if they are giving me an egg, I just want to enjoy them. I don't care if they aren't top notch fitting a breed standard. I want docile! Especially want a calm rooster.
The Buffs we had, the hatchery sent us two roosters by accident... ah when they were 6 months old, one rooster turned into a meanie! He wouldn't let me in the back yard when the chickens were free ranging in the evening! He'd chase me and threaten me. My husband would simply turn him upside down and the rooster would still be trying to get away if husband had me hold him upside down. Ah. Then the two roosters got in a HUGE fight. My husband managed to get the two bloody boys separated and one in the isolation hutch. We waited a couple of days to be sure the mean one was isolated then our Mennonite friend came got the meanie and took him to rooster heaven.
Docile is at the top of our list! haha.
Anyway, the kids liked the barred rocks too they called them the "stripped ones" and Dominiques are same pattern. If they eat less, it'll help our budget; we give ours scraps from our garden too.
I like the ones with the fancy hairdos but we we thought a reliable layer mixed with the pretty ones too.
I would rather get from breeders but never again from just anyone, learned a hard lesson. Those birds looked healthy, we followed the keep them isolated rule too. Ugh.
Also, breeders will sell just straight run is what I found so far. We want just one rooster but we don't want to cull if we can help it. I found one person with CCLs whom I could get hatching eggs. Brabanter eggs cost a fortune and sold to people who are trying to perfect the breed so I probably one get those unless from the woman in NC. Then there is CCL but I am not sure if they are much larger than the other two.... then Dominiques, I guess I should find the club and ask also. The BYC thread on Domiques is pretty silent.
Alright, that's my long story. I may research some more but if Domiques are calm and I can get some more for layers not breeding at all in future, then I would want to get one breed with crest if they will all get along okay.
I don't have incubator though to get eggs and I don't want too many roosters either. hah
Thanks for patience, I know it was a long post.
Sounds like you have had a lot of experience with chickens.
I haven't had Dominiques, but I am interested in them, as well.
Keep us posted!
Baby chick wrangler, wild bird watcher, dog letter-in-and-outer, homework helper, Honeydew list maker, goodnight hugger, chocolate milk mixer, and in between all of that I am a writer. My Amazon page. Follow me on FB. Winner of the 2015 Easter Hatch-along Short Story Fiction Contest here on BYC.com!post #39717 of 499444/12/15 at 7:14am
@Bawk : the Bielefelders might be something to consider - they are supposed to be very calm & docile - we like our two youngsters so far , & are pretty birds too
We have an NPIP certified flock & are breeders of Iowa Blue Chickens http://fivewiregroup.com/
We have an NPIP certified flock & are breeders of Iowa Blue Chickens http://fivewiregroup.com/post #39718 of 499444/12/15 at 9:17ampost #39719 of 499444/12/15 at 9:43amQuote:
would shut the door....u never know when something will get under that fencing...
moved the jumbos to their temp pen until the breeding pens get here...
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please follow my forum it has been dedicated to my grandfather who inspired me since I was a little boy now I have the motivation to see exactly how far I can go.....post #39720 of 499444/12/15 at 12:34pmQuote:Originally Posted by iamfivewire
: the Bielefelders might be something to consider - they are supposed to be very calm & docile - we like our two youngsters so far , & are pretty birds too
Thanks, I did check on them and they seem great except their size, they will eat more $$
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