Amberlink question please...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Momagain1, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    OK, we had to replace/restart our flock after a terrible attack where we lost 25 birds...we have 14 left; but need to build back up..

    so because we had to replace them sooner rather than later, we ended up getting farm store birds instead of handpicking breeds from hatcheries due to how late they'd be getting to us...

    anyway; hubby picked up 6 Amberlinks...these things are 10 days old and HUGE already...Some already have tail feathers, back feathers, primary and secondary wing feathers are alreayd HUUUUUGE..
    and they are SUPER flighty...already..

    PLEASE tell me that these things wont eat us out of house/home??? They are really about twice the size of our other birds this age; EE'ers, Speckled Sussex, Buff Orp etc...

    I really didnt want ones that were going to be huge eaters and now that I found out that they produce smaller than normal eggs; I'mstarting to not be happy about these birds...

    (never let control go lol...thats my lesson learned)... lol..
     
  2. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL

    I did NOT choose them...HE chose them...We already had a great flock of birds before the attack...
    I know he was limited in what he could choose when he was there...
    he chose them w/o knowing anything about them..already looked at some of that thread...
     
  4. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    and yes; we needed to re-establish egg layers again...
    we had customers buying up to 9 dozen a week...just one family of 8..
    and I was paying for my zumba classes, trading eyebrow waxing etc w/eggs lol..

    bartering! gotta love it!
     
  5. Jeanette13

    Jeanette13 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have some amberlinks also, but mine are only 5 weeks old at this point. I think they just mature faster, a grown hen will only weigh about 4.5 lbs. From what I've read they are excellent layers of large brown eggs.

    This chart will tell you how much food per dozen eggs they consume, very scientific[​IMG]
    www.centurionpoultry.com/dekalbamberlink.pdf
     

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