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desirable traits for layers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by coolchick, May 1, 2008.

  1. coolchick

    coolchick Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 29, 2008
    we have to cut our flock of red sexlinks in half. they are six weeks. are there any desirable traits to look for with birds to keep or not to keep? For example one bird is roosting in the egg box. Should we get rid of that one? does size matter? any help would be appreciated.
  2. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    There are things to look that indicate a good layer. But they only apply to those that are already laying.

    I don't know of any way to tell how productive a chick is going to be before she grows up, sorry.
  3. ridgefire

    ridgefire Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    If it crows it probably wont be a very good egg layer. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. plapczynski

    plapczynski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2008
    Chillicothe, OH
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member


    Yeah, take the crowing ones out!

    Other than that... I think you'll have to wait for egg production to start as they have lots of growing to do till then!
  6. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    QCA, Illinois
    I'm going to get rid of 2 of my Golden Comet sex-link chicks (they're 4 weeks old right now) and 4 of my Black S-L chicks (4 days old) because I had to get so many to get the ones I wanted. I have a very small city coop.

    I'm handling the ones a lot that seem the most friendly and easiest to deal with. I'll keep the ones that are the most laid back and don't freak out over every little thing, since they have to be quiet so they don't disturb our crabby neighbors. So I guess you could say that personality is what I'm looking for right now. Egg production isn't that important to me right now. I just want good pets! [​IMG] The eggs are just the frosting on the cake! [​IMG]
  7. tororider

    tororider Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southeast MI
    Where are you located?
  8. coolchick

    coolchick Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 29, 2008
    We are from Missoula, MT. where we just got an ordinance passed that allows six chickens in the city limits. for an entertaining video on how this ordinance came about google missoula chicken and check out the video
  9. 55885100

    55885100 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    ide wait till they start laying first

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