Buff Orpington vs. Golden Buff from Meyer's

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JohnL11935, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. JohnL11935

    JohnL11935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We are about to order our first chicks from Meyer's.

    We were pretty much decided on the BO's until I read in Meyer's catalogue that they only "guarantee" 90% sexed chicks. Meaning, if I order 20 pullets, at least 2 of them may be roo’s?

    Did I mention that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES CAN I KEEP ROOSTERS? Did I also mention my wife Zsa Zsa and our daughters insist we “don’t eat any” of the chickens?

    I know, I know, give me time. [​IMG]

    So, this has got me thinking about the possibility of ordering their Golden Buffs instead. It looks like these should be fool-proof that all 20 pullets will in fact be just that.

    Does anyone have any experience with these Golden Buffs? Are there any differences between the BO's and GB's I should expect? We are looking for high output, brown egg layers.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    If the Golden Buffs are in reality Red Sex Links, then they will be great egg layers and they'll all be pullets.
     
  3. greggy

    greggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why won't they let you eat them? there is nothing wrong with it, and you'd be suprised at how much better home grown birds taste. Many a squeemish female has been converted with one bite!
     
  4. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If no roosters are allowed I say go with the Sexlinks.

    BTW We don't eats pets in my house. So my hens are forever safe. Right along with the cats, dog and rabbits
     
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  5. greggy

    greggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rhett&SarahsMom :

    If no roosters are allowed I say go with the Sexlinks.

    BTW We don't eats pets in my house. So my hens are forever safe. Right along with the cats, dog and rabbits

    Too bad, domestic rabbit is the highest in protien, and lowest in fat of any domestic animal. I raised them for 10 years, and their milk fed meat is the greatest!​
     
  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I also was going to suggest the sex-links because they are fool proof. Any hatchery will only guarantee 90% sexing results.

    I was also like your wife in not wanting to eat my chickens until I gave away 8 cockerels and turned around to go to the grocery store and buy chicken. I really had to ask myself, "What's wrong with this picture?" I then decided that all roosters except the one or two I know that I'm keeping for my flock, will be raised for eating. They automatically will be viewed as food, not pets so there shouldn't be any problems. I don't think I can do the processing, so I will find someone else to do that for me. The meat will be healthier for my family and I will know exactly what has been fed to what I'm eating. [​IMG]
     
  7. JohnL11935

    JohnL11935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for everyone's responses.

    According to Meyer's web site the Golden Buff hens are nearly one-half the average weight of the BO's.

    Should I suspect to see a corresponding decrease in the size of the eggs produced?
     
  8. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

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    In June I ordered and picked up (from Meyer) buff orps - 11 females and 1 roo - and that is exactly what I got. They probably have to include a disclaimer but they sexed mine right and they are wonderful birds - healthy and friendly!! I've never had golden buffs so I can't give you an opinion there.
     
  9. greggy

    greggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought Meyer gave an 80% guarentee? any way I ordered 11 Buff orp hens from them and got 8 hens and 3 Roos, but I also ordred 11 Barred Rock hens and got 12 hens. I ordered a straight run of 15 RIR and got 9 hens..So it worked out pretty good.
     

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