Help deciding what new chickens to get

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Xtina, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. Xtina

    Xtina Songster

    Jul 1, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    After losing my BO a few weeks ago, I've decided to get two new chickens to replace her. I talked to a neighbor, who put me in touch with a few farmers. The one that responded to my request for adult hens doesn't have much available right now, which I expected because of the time of year it is. What he has available are a couple of 2.5 month old buff/sexlink cross pullets. I'm not opposed to this idea, but I do have a few questions.

    1. Does anyone have any pictures of this breed? I'd just like to see what I might be getting.
    2. Should I expect problems introducing girls of this age to my 2.5 year old ladies?
    3. What's the temperament on this cross? I have to be honest, my BO that I lost was my least favorite bird. She was the most skittish, the hardest to catch, and the stupidest one who always thought my shoes and legs were made of treats. She always pecked me! She wouldn't let herself be held, and she stopped laying first. I don't really want another BO after that, so I'm leaning against these birds, unless someone can tell me that the cross would be different. I really like my barred rock. She's my favorite hen and her production is what I want out of a chicken. Her only problem is that she goes broody too much.
    4. Are these girls too young to sleep outside at night in the coop with the others? I honestly don't remember at what age I put my girls outside, but I know it was during the summer when I did.

    Out of those questions, my biggest concern is introducing the girls to the ladies and whether they're old enough to live in the coop.

  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Quote:Your biggest concern should be biosecurity. No matter what kind of chickens you get, you need to quarantine the newbies for at least 30 days prior to introducing them to your current flock. Also, keep them seperated a good distance away from your flock. Sexlinks are excellent layers and of good temperment. Sexlinks normally dont go broody.

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