Heritage Chickens

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ggrap, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. ggrap

    ggrap Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I'm raising Delawares myself. They are a truly American breed and very critical. Hatchery Dels just dont have the broad body type and coloring that real breeder quality Dels do. Mine are just now turning 18 weeks, but others who have had them say they are very good layers. The eggs are extra large to jumbo at maturity.
     
  3. ggrap

    ggrap Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a couple of hatchery Delawares. Where did you get you breeding stock?
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    From a breeder who asked me to do a fertility test on a cockerel she had with her ladies. She is not into selling eggs at the moment; I believe she is trying to perfect her lines at the moment. I had chicks I hatched from a friend's hatchery Dels. Never again. The parents turned mean and even the chicks were little Vampires! I sold them all.
     
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  5. Ivagrovegirl

    Ivagrovegirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I have Nankins and Jersey Giants. Dad got the Nankins because he liked the color and wants to preserve the breed. I got Jerseys because they are excellent meat and egg birds. They are also sweet and wonderful

    Emily:)
     
  6. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    I'm beginning a flock of Delawares now. I'm also considering Dorkings later on.
     
  7. PassthePeace1

    PassthePeace1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I want to do Chanteclers, Delwares, and Dark Cornishes. Turkeys, I want Red Bourbons.

    Right now I only have the Cornishes, of the hertiages breeds. Working on pens for the others breeds, will finish them up once the pulled muscle in my back stops tormenting me. [​IMG] [​IMG] Right now, my coop and pen building is limited to doodling on paper. Today's brainchild is a Zen Modern coop. [​IMG]
     
  8. herbsherbsflowers

    herbsherbsflowers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Barred hollands that I Got from Ideal. They have just started laying and the eggs are kind of ivory or light tan instead of white like they are supposed to be. I'm wondering how close they really are to the standard. They look like the pictures that i have seen, but they are supposedly so rare that I Do wonder if any are close to the standard.
     

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