Gimmie the DL on OEG Standards?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by monarc23, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    I have a fellow chicken breeder who is going to trade me a trio of OEG Standards for coturnix quails here in a few weeks.

    He said he got this line from down south (he said the state but i forget, may have been Lousiana he said but don't hld me to that).

    He's been working with the same line for 20 years, and he said the hens do great brooding (which I need).

    I have a large fenced-in area split in half by netting that standard sized chickens cannot get through. If I put this trio on the one side and clip their wings, with the fence being 4ft tall, do I still have to worry about him possibly jumping over? I dont want him picking fights with my docile GC roo I dont want anyone hurt but I want this breed, esp since they are standard size (i perfer standards to help discourage the hawks from messing with them). Anyone else with OEG standards that free range or has them in a fence sitaution like me have any tips?

    Thanks so much for any information on these birds, what I can expect, what I can do as precuations etc. I do not want to talk about fighting birds as that's not allowed ofcourse, but they supposedly come from straight lines to that.... so I want to be cautionary to avoid any problems.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Unfortunately they are very agile birds and still retain a lot of "wild smarts". If there's a weak spot, they will eventually find their way thru or under it. 4 feet is no problem for them.. in fact I have a similar kind of problem with one pure hen and several "mostly OEG" mix hens- the fence between me and next door neighbor is only 4 feet in some spots and they sail right over that. So I tried clipping their wings.. it 'slowed' some(they stayed in my yard however as soon as any feathers grew back, they were in her yard again) but did not stop several of them the slightest bit- they simply threw themselves against the fence and "climbed" up. Had to resort to getting dog runs and permanently keeping the 'worst cases' confined at all times.
     
  3. Vcomb

    Vcomb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    #1 put a wire top on the fence, some of them can jump pretty high even with clipped wings.

    #2 solid divides so them roosters can't see each other. they may be oeg's but they still retain some of that instinct and there's nothing worse then finding a rooster hung by a spur in a fence or both of them beat adn bloody thru the wire.
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    There are 'rooster leashes' you can get for them. It is usually a leather strap that goes around the roo's leg above the spur, to keep him in one place. The hens shouldn't venture too far away from him, but that's not saying they won't.
    A good OEG roo is born to fight. The ones that don't have been bred to look good, and lost a lot of their 'attitude'.

    OEG hens are excellent broodies, probably as good as a silkie that everyone raves about. The better part to an OEG is that she is at least twice the size of a silkie hen, so they can cover tons more eggs!!

    I have a red jungle fowl roo that free ranges with all the other birds. Red jungle fowl is a type of game chicken. When I first got him, he was constantly getting whooped by my OEGB roos, but now that he is a bit older, he is definitely the head rooster. He only 'fights' when one of the 'boys' is after his ladies, or when one of my dad's roos has the misfortune of getting out of their pen! [​IMG]
     

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