HELP .. me decide :)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by GrammysFarm, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. GrammysFarm

    GrammysFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, so I want to get my chicks... in April I should have my pen by then....

    I am thinking I want a dozen... sounds good [​IMG]

    My son in law wants 'different colored eggs' I'm like oh my stars[​IMG] I just want plain friendly chickens to lay nice eggs.

    So what can I put together to make us both 'happy'?[​IMG]
     
  2. GrammysFarm

    GrammysFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    okay, well he only WANTS ONE CHICKEN.................... can I get ONE bantam with another breed? will they get along?????
     
  3. Kristi2chickens

    Kristi2chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    You could get Easter Eggers!!!:D
     
  4. vsmenagerie

    vsmenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Easter eggers (olive, green, blue), brahmas (brown) and marans (dark brown) would give you a nice range of colored eggs :)
     
  5. Julia62

    Julia62 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All of ours lay different color eggs:

    Golden Comet: large brown (best layer and for size too average 64-70 grams)
    White Leghorn: white eggs (average 59-62 grams per egg)
    Silver Laced Wyandotte: light beige-pink eggs (small/medium size 40-46 grams about every other day)

    We have three 6 day old chicks that are Americaunas so hopefully green eggs!
     
  6. Spangled

    Spangled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you buying from the local farm store? If so, you can look for

    White Eggs: White Leghorns
    Green Eggs: Easter Eggers (also sometimes labeled Ameraucana/Araucana) (some will say blue eggs and pink eggs, but usually you get green)
    Medium Brown Eggs: New Hampshires (better chance of being friendlier than Rhode Island Reds which also lay a medium brown)
    Other Brown Layers that are usually friendly: Red Comets, Red Stars, Red Sexlinks, Black Sexlinks, Buff Orpingtons, White Rocks, White Orpingtons, Speckled Sussex, and others
    Dark Brown Eggs: not usually available at the local farm store

    If ordering from a hatchery like Ideal Poultry, you might be able to get a different type of white egg layer, although many hatcheries are running low on rare breeds at this time of year. They still have White Leghorns, though.

    If ordering from a hatchery, you might still be able to get some dark brown egg layers, like Welsummers, but they are probably out for the season. Marans also usually lay a dark brown egg, but hatcheries are usually out of them for the season.

    I haven't had a great number of bantams, but they have always done just fine in a flock of standard-sized layers. They were raised with the other layers from the time they were chicks. My bantams have never laid well ... it's more of a sporadic thing with them ... and not through the winter. This spring is the best my little d'Uccle has ever laid. She's been laying for about 3 weeks now and is going to be 5 years old in a month or two!!

    I've noticed that the White Leghorn will lay an extra large egg to a medium egg depending on what specific hybrid a hatchery gets from their supplier. If you go to the Shaver/Babcock/ISA web sites, you'll see (with a little hunting) that they have hybrids that specifically lay an extra large egg and some that specifically lay a large or medium egg. I have had extra large White Leghorns from one hatchery and med/large egg laying White Leghorns from another hatchery. And there was no way I could have known what I was getting beforehand.
     
  7. GrammysFarm

    GrammysFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for all the great input..... I have a friend that is possibly going to give me a few hens to start... I think they are Americanas? they lay blue eggs? they have them free range so she said she can give me about a half dozen and that will get me started..... this way I won't be starting with babies..
     

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