This is my guy with 4 of my 7 hens.Two of the hens are starting to go broody now. I'm getting 3-5 eggs a day, and they just started laying consistently. I just really like this breed so It really doesn't matter to me how many eggs they produce or how fast they grow. If I have extra eggs to sell its just a bonus for me. As soon as I'm done traveling for work I'll start trying to hatch eggs.(Let my hens have them)
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Ive been told leg bars lay green eggs but I've had this one (foreground in the epic) for a while (had two but found one dead for no apparent reason and partially eaten by the other hens) and she lays brown eggs, i'm pretty sure.
My plans are all of the above. I was just going to eat them and hatch out enough to add to my flock. I'm trying to figure out a nest box design so that if one goes broody she can sit on eggs and not break them. But I've had people say they want fertile eggs and chicks so I'm just gonna see what happens when the time comes.
Here is a pic of one I just built. $60 or so worth of materials from Lowes and Family Farm. I made the first one from scraps I had lying around, liked the design and made a bigger one.
I had a gold bantam that was a great brood mom so I put her in the brood pen with the chicks and she kept them warm and when I let them out she protected them. Now I just buy new chicks when I need them because I've sworn off roosters. Too dangerous for my young grand children and hard on the hens. All my hens had their backs stripped bare by their spurs. Took all winter and a molt to get them back in shape. I enjoyed the crowing and their strutting but it's not worth it to me any more.
I'm going to try to catch the green egg culprit in the nest box, then I'll know for sure :-)
We got 6 chicks from our IFA and our luck is awful! 2 of them are looking like roosters. Are jersey blacks decent meat birds? Since he's the biggest, I think that's the one we're going to slaughter. When do they reach a good age? They're already so much bigger than the other 4 chicks we have. We'll hopefully get Jersey Blacks in a year or two when we can expand the coop and run, we stayed on the smaller side this year to see how it went.