A third breed.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Eduardo, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. Eduardo

    Eduardo Out Of The Brooder

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    I was thinking about adding a third breed. I got Turkens, 1 rooster 2 hens. White Silkies, 1 rooster 2 hens. A goose and 3 mutts that don't lay anymore. If I was going to be efficient I would have to kill the goose, and the mutts, but it would be sad. Anyway I was thinking about adding a third breed that would be sustainable. I'm not looking for profit just to cover costs a little. Feed has been going up every year and we never made money off the chickens so it's been brutal.
     
  2. peckndirt

    peckndirt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The dark egg layers are popular now.
     
  3. Eduardo

    Eduardo Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know if i should pick breed by breed, or just get a rare bird package from mcmurray and let luck sort it out.
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2009
  4. chickenfever

    chickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you looking for friendliness, egg production, hardiness?
     
  5. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

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    Are you trying to raise chicks to sell?
     
  6. Eduardo

    Eduardo Out Of The Brooder

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    I would like to be able to sell the eggs and make some of the money back. Thing being how they are i got half a mind to butcher the entire flock.
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I sell my eggs. It just barely covers the feed costs.
     
  8. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if i was in your position i would get EEs and sell the blue eggs for a tad more. they lay very well to!
     
  9. chickenfever

    chickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are my EE's the exception? I only get 2 eggs on average every day out of four EE's. My BA's and BO's are excellent layers. I get enough from egg money to pay for layer feed and chick feed for the new 21 chicks that are now seven weeks old.
     
  10. Eduardo

    Eduardo Out Of The Brooder

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    Im considering adding 2 breeds since the minumim from the hatchery is 25. maybe 4 males and the rest hens. EEs sound good. And maybe a rare breed.
     

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