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  1. Ari_m

    Are peahens loud?

    I was wanting to get at least two peahens. - no males. Are the females noisy? I have roosters, but I’ve heard people get extremely annoyed by peacock calls and they can carry on for miles. I read the females don’t do those calls. Also, would multiple females get along? And will they wander if I...
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    How are the various colors in one breed developed?

    I haven’t been able to find any articles about this- not even sure how to search for it. All that comes up are egg colors.... I love how there are so many varieties in colors within a breed. I know that people usually introduce another breed and keep breeding, culling, and selecting for the...
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    Crossing Wyandotte Colors??

    I’m curious of what results would be when crossing a black laced red Wyandotte rooster over a silver laced hen. It would be a sex linked color so the pullets would turn out gold and the cockerels silver as chicks. I’m wondering if the lacing would still be somewhat present in the cross, or what...
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    Wyandottes - Meat experience + Bresse or Delaware cross??

    I’d love to hear anyone’s experiences with good quality(not hatchery) Wyandottes- and hybrids as well! Photos, growth rates, average finishing age & weights, are all greatly appreciated as well. I live in a neighborhood and have gotten along well with my sweet Delaware rooster who only ever...
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    Results of Delaware x Black Jersey Giant?

    I’m planning to hatch some chicks from this Jersey Giant hen and my Delaware rooster to see how they grow out for meat(butcher between 24-30 weeks). I’m interested to know what colors the offspring could turn out? I’d think they might be mottled, barred to some degree, or a Columbian pattern of...
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    Delaware Crosses - what can be sexed at hatch?

    I have one Delaware rooster. I’d like to cross him to a hen that will give chicks that can be sexed at hatch. I can get more roosters(space/ hen ratio, and other reasons), so he’s what I have to work with. Delawares are barred diluted by the Columbian pattern/gene, so the barring will only show...
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    Cream Legabar Delaware Cross Results??

    I just got this Delaware rooster and plan to hatch chicks out of him later this summer or next spring. One cross in particular I’d like to try out is my cream legbar hen. She lays a nice blue egg, is a very productive layer, good size, and has an all-around great disposition for free ranging...
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    Brahma Rooster & Smaller Hens???

    I have one Brahma chick that is sexed as a pullet from a hatchery, but accuracy for them seems about 2/10 chicks are roosters. In the case of it turning out a rooster, I’d like to keep it. It’s from cackle hatchery, so I’d guess it wouldn’t get too big and heavy? My mature laying hens are...
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    Bresse Chickens From Sunbird Farms??

    I’m looking to get a dozen Bresse hatching eggs when the weather warms up to keep them for meat. Does anyone have experience with Bresse from them? Or any other breeders. Looking for large, fast growing Bresse with a broad breast. I’ve heard some hatcheries don’t have great Bresse for meat...
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    Late Blooming Rooster??

    I have what I suspect to be a late blooming cockerel / rooster. No crowing or saddle feathers - yet. The comb and wattle size has tripled within 2.5 weeks. It isn’t the top hen or even the second hen in terms of pecking order. Its very protective against hawks and leads all the other hens into...
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    Duck Coop

    I know this isn’t technically about chickens, but I’d assume a lot of you are familiar with ducks. I’ve got 3 very small adult mallards, and thinking of getting a fourth. They’re free roam but I’d like to make a closed shelter to keep them in at night as I have seen just about every predator...
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