Culling my flock...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicken boy sam, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. chicken boy sam

    chicken boy sam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    So my current flock consists of many different shapes, breeds, and sizes of chickens... But my main idea is to have some bantams for show and some egg layers!!! So here are my keep/cull lists...

    Keep:

    2 yr old d'anver (Show)
    5 yo orpington (Flock leader)
    3 yo polish (Friendliest thing in the world!)
    unknown age oegb (Show)
    2 yo bantam cohin (Great mom, extremely friendly)
    3 yr old leghorn (1st chicken EVER)
    5 yr old bantam dark brahma (On the fence about this one...)

    Cull:

    3 yr old leghorn x5 (Are barely laying any eggs)
    3 yr old polish x2 (Ones skittish, one has turned mean to humans do GOODBYE!)
    unknown easter egger

    How does that sound?
     
  2. OwlLover

    OwlLover Alaskan Wanderer

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    POLISH?!?!?! [​IMG] [​IMG] How could you possibly cull those things?!
    I understand culling the mean one, but why the skittish? She can be taught if you approach her slowly and give her treats!! [​IMG]
     
  3. foxypoproxy

    foxypoproxy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is your skittish polish a hen?
    is it a polish bantam? what kind?

    (i'm looking for a polish hen/pullet. I could give it a home instead of you having to kill it. I also live in CT)
     
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  4. chicken boy sam

    chicken boy sam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    Quote:I'm not gonna kill her, shell probably go to the auction!!!

    And foxypoproxy, you wouldn't want her... She literally clings to the other side when you approach and I've been battling her leg mites for a while and they just won't leave!!!! If you go to the nationals up in Springfield Mass. in Jan/Feb you can get some nice quality bantam polish from a really good breeder. I can't remember her name....
     
  5. foxypoproxy

    foxypoproxy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh ok, well atleast your not killing her lol!

    Thanks for the tip on where to find good quality polish bantams! :eek:
     
  6. chicken boy sam

    chicken boy sam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    Quote:You can also stalk craigslist (LOL I tend to do that!!!) and at many shows they'll have them for sale (None at the Guilford Fair [​IMG] )
     
  7. foxypoproxy

    foxypoproxy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You can also stalk craigslist (LOL I tend to do that!!!) and at many shows they'll have them for sale (None at the Guilford Fair [​IMG] )

    Ya, i check craigslist but there are no polish on there, that i have found.
    Lol, i checked the guilford fair XD.
    I only saw one polish and it was a WCB standard hen (not for sale).
    Normally i see more polish at least "shown" there. This time there were like none o_o!
    Where did all the polish go!? D:!

    I couldn't go to the durham fair this year [​IMG] so i'm not sure about the other chicken fairs in CT.
    I also often worry about getting them from fairs because i saw a few sick ones at the guilford fair.
    And, if these chickens are all caged next to each other, can't they infect each other?
     
  8. chicken boy sam

    chicken boy sam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    Quote:You can also stalk craigslist (LOL I tend to do that!!!) and at many shows they'll have them for sale (None at the Guilford Fair [​IMG] )

    Ya, i check craigslist but there are no polish on there, that i have found.
    Lol, i checked the guilford fair XD.
    I only saw one polish and it was a WCB standard hen (not for sale).
    Normally i see more polish at least "shown" there. This time there were like none o_o!
    Where did all the polish go!? D:!

    I couldn't go to the durham fair this year [​IMG] so i'm not sure about the other chicken fairs in CT.
    I also often worry about getting them from fairs because i saw a few sick ones at the guilford fair.
    And, if these chickens are all caged next to each other, can't they infect each other?

    I could GUARANTEE you there were no sick ones at the fair.... Probably some that were dirty, but thats about it! And last year, I had 2 polish there, but this year I did not.
     
  9. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    I think culling a flock is hard for me - I know they aren't our pets, but I want to keep them all FOREVER [​IMG] HAHA! I'm sure you've put alot of thought into that list - it seems like you have a good mix and are keeping the best/behaved of the flock.
     

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