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I just cant decide

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Momto3, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. Momto3

    Momto3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so I need your help. I got 8 chicks, thinking that I might lose some or maybe get a couple roosters. Well I only think 1 is a rooster. And I havent lost any. I really would like to get down to 5 girls. Right now I have 2 red sex links, 2 EE, 1 BR, 1 BO, 1 SLW & 1 BA. I think I know which 4 I am going to keep, but cant figure out that 5th. I need your help. I think I am going to keep the BR, 2 sex links & 1 EE. I think the other EE is a rooster. So that leaves me a SLW, BA & BO. Which would you keep out of those 3? And why? Thanks so much.
     
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  2. SeaisforChicken

    SeaisforChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I would keep the BO. I went to the feed store with my daughter today in the hopes of coming home with a BR, a couple EEs and at least on BO... and they were all out! I couldn't tell a 3 year old "sorry. no chickens today" so I just bought what they had haha. So keep a BO! Because they are supposed to be friendliest and because I don't have one hehe
     
  3. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

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    A BO is a good mama if the time ever comes...But the SLW is really pretty... I'd keep all!![​IMG]
     
  4. SeaisforChicken

    SeaisforChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I was actually planning to give two away... but now that I've got them home... the will stay haha
     
  5. Momto3

    Momto3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:She is a hatchery SLW, so her lacing isnt as pretty. But she is still pretty. I would rather not have alot of broody breeds. I just want to keep my family of 5 in eggs and cant do that with broody hens. [​IMG] The 3 that I will get rid of will be going to my MIL, so I will still see them. [​IMG]
     
  6. miraclz5

    miraclz5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am NOT any help, as I would keep all of them as well! If I had to pick I would pick the BO....they are so pretty and very friendly!
     
  7. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Personally, I would go with the BO or the BA. I have a SLW, and she is pretty even with poor hatchery body type and lacing. She's also the only one with all of her feathers because she keeps barbering everyone else's feathers [​IMG] From what I have read, this is not uncommon for hatchery wyandottes to be friendly towards people but a little hard on other birds in the flock. Having only one may help cut down on the behavior, but mine is the only wyandotte and she's still a bully. I would rehome her, but she lays a beautiful 2oz brown egg almost every day so I am reluctant to loose one of my best layers.

    Between the orp and the australorp, I would probably go with the BO because I think they are prettier. But I think the BA is supposed to be less likely to go broody. However, these are just things I've read here and there as I have no personal experience with either breed.
     
  8. Momto3

    Momto3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Man you all arent alot of help. All your "keep them all, keep them all", for surely wont keep my neighbors happy. [​IMG] Trust me I would love to keep them all. I am just glad that the ones I do decide to rehome will go to my mother in-law.
     
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I had SLWs before and they weren't really interesting to me (and the roo was put down for meanness). Now I have BOs and BAs.

    The BOs are "our" favorites (but I really love my silkies and EEs more). They do go broody. My BAs are not laying yet and so I cannot tell you much about them. They are very sweet though.

    Bottom line: I would keep the BO. They are soooo beautiful. My DH insists on having 5 of them at all times. Second choice: BA.
     
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  10. dretd

    dretd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Boy, tough choice. I would Keep the BA. For starters its nice to have a variety of colors in your flock and you need a Blackie. Plus one of my friends had a BA and it was an awesome layer and very friendly. Not that BOs aren't friendly, but you already have RSL and I suspect your EE is going to be that tannish color they often are. Wyandottes are very pretty, but I have never been a huge fan of their personalities as compared to the other ones you listed. Not that you asked, but I would actually keep only one of the RSL and keep both the BO and the BA, just so you maximize your variety, but thats just me.[​IMG]
     

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