Dixie Chicks

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Amberjem, Jan 1, 2015.

  1. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    Jem, they come from a flock of wheaten and cuckoo Marans mixes. Probably some sort of F2 or F3 hybrids of those breeds.
     
  2. Amberjem

    Amberjem Overrun With Chickens

    exciting @minihorse927 I think next time violet goes broody if she does I am going to let her sit on them..........was going to process one of the roosters for dinner this week looks like he has a reprieve with @Sharps Big 50 having class all week
     
  3. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    We had two broodies hatching out 5 eggs together, the rest of the birds continuing laying right there with them. Always left the eggs under the two broodies, we had to pick them out from there. Luckily we separated them when we did, by the time the separation was finished and we moved the eggs, one was already pipping externally. They hatched a day early.
     
  4. Amberjem

    Amberjem Overrun With Chickens

    ahh ok ya I can see the cuckoo in em... Are they fairly fast growers? I was reading something about the different strains of the maran developing at different rates and how some grew rapidly because they were from lines meant for more traditionally meat line marans
     
  5. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    Jem, they seem to be putting on weight pretty well. I had to lift one a few days ago, I'd say it weighed a bit over a kilo. The breeder said they start laying pretty late though, around 6 months. The boys will be interesting to taste, as you said, they look like a more traditional dual purpose bird.
     
  6. Amberjem

    Amberjem Overrun With Chickens

    hahah killing me felix lol kilo? ugh six months thats a wait for an egg layer...although with waiting so long to lay do they then tend to lay with better longevity?
     
  7. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper

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    is it 1x2?
     
  8. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    A kilo is about 2.2lbs. I'm trying to bring you over to the side of SI units.

    I'm guessing it will make for a less burned out bird yeah. They might start a bit earlier though, they're basically born in the darkest time of the year, and by the time they should start laying, we'll be having about 19 hours of sunlight.
     
  9. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper

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    Normally I'd just let them go ahead and brood but the problem is that I have chicks sold from these guys and I have egg orders to fill so they need to keep popping out the eggs until at least May before they're allowed to brood! The only reason I let the first one is cause the eggs were a few days along when I discovered her and I couldn't stand to kill started eggs for no reason.
     
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  10. Amberjem

    Amberjem Overrun With Chickens

    so far I am really liking the wyandotte violet is such a dependable layer least so far....ya she went broody there but once she went back to laying it's been a even steady egg a day with maybe a day off once or every week or so with a day off.....sure wish the others would get to laying........think dotty is at 21 weeks now....with the others about 5 weeks behind her... the wyandotte/amercana crosses are developing faster....



    ok I know several of y'all have polish........ so spike is the most polish looking of all the polish cross and has a odd sound doesnt seem to cluck but squeaks..what is up with that?
     

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