Originally Posted by Farmer Viola
wow, $20 per chick! I have been eyeballing a craigslist ad (I'm always cruising for fertile eggs. shuddup!) about 100 miles away, $3/egg for lavender English Orps. I'm starting to wonder if that's a bargain? after shipped eggs I'm willing to drive next time..
what does the "English" part of lavender Orpington differentiate from a regular lavender Orpington?
from the ad, are they english?
I can't believe I'm already planning the next hatch...
Here is a picture from Old Orchard Farms, copyright is theirs.
I would say your picture is not of English LOs. English have a much rounder body shape. It's just like anything in breeding through. You can get inexpensive "pure bred" animals, but that doesn't mean they are quality. I can get LOs or Blue Laced Red Wyandottes from a hatchery, but if I want birds that have been bred with an eye to standard, health, improvement, and quality, that will give me good blood to raise equally beautiful birds in the future, I will look for a quality breeder and pay more. If I just want pretty egg layers, I'm not going to be as picky. When I saw the pictures of these English LOs, I fell in love.
As for $3/egg, add up your gas for the 200 mile round trip, figure in your hatch rate, then consider the possibility of males you don't want, and decide if that's actually a good deal. Of course, feeding the hatching addiction, you might not care.