I need a NEW project....???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Rare Feathers Farm, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    you have sumatras what colors?? you could do the platnium khaki and chocolate ones if you dont have them already!!!
  2. poultryhaven

    poultryhaven Addicted to Seramas!

    Jan 19, 2009
    Ocala, FL
    What about a Heritage Breed, Game Breed, or BBS Jersey Giants!
  3. gingernutranger

    gingernutranger Songster

    Aug 4, 2007
    Lakenvelders are rare, and pretty easy to keep. Campines are too, very low matinence.
  4. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Songster

    Jun 6, 2009
    This was the best I could get tonight. They did not like me taking their pictures! I know you said you didn't like the buff, but I think it's cute!

    That is great you are getting some too. Paul is very nice. I am still trying to figure out if I have 2 Roos and a Pullet or vise versa.
    Is a "trio" typically 2 pullets and a roo or just whatever you get sent? I have two with combs and one without. The one without is larger than the other two though. And the two with combs act like Roos. Any guesses?




  5. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Songster

    Dec 31, 2007
    Washington State
    Hi Heather,

    If you decide on Orloffs, my friend and Welsummer and Barnevelder breeder has a couple different varieties.

    Have you thought about Ameraucanas? The real ones of course. I could help you there or Jean is not that far from you. They do well in harsh winters. I had a couple of weeks last winter that stayed in the single digits.

    God Bless,
  6. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Crowing

    Jan 25, 2008
    Northern KY
    I've said it before, I'll say it again. My favorite large fowl breed is the Buckeye, (and they also come in bantam.)

    They are a nice dual purpose bird. They lay a good amount of medium sized brown eggs. They forage very well (even hunt mice!), get along with each other and humans (not flighty, almost too friendly, underfoot a lot!), and the extra males, with their wide breasts, dress out nicely.

    They are the only breed of American chicken created by a woman (yay!), and the only American breed with a pea comb, which means no frostbite in winter (unless you live in Saskatoon or someplace like that.) They tolerate heat and cold well, some will go broody (if you prefer them to raise their own babies) but are not excessively so, and are just an all around perfect farm chicken, IMO.

    I have some pics of Buckeyes on my website:


    I like Buckeyes so much that I created a Yahoo Group for those who wish to learn more about them, or just talk about them. See it here:


    I also recently started a fully fledged breed club for them, the American Buckeye Poultry Club:


    And you can see a great website devoted to the breed by a member of the ABPC here:


    Let me know if I can answer any more questions about them.

  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    I know someone who crossed buckeyes with ameraucanas (the real ones) and jokingly said he would call them bearded buckeyes [​IMG] I gather that except for the beards (and eggs) they look pretty much like the buckeyes.

    As for single combs and cold weather, unless you are showing them you could dub them.

    A trio is one roo and two hens unless specifically stated otherwise. An upside down trio is two roos and one hen. Occasionally you'll find a trio of hens or roos. And of course you can substitute pullet and cockerel into those definitions. For show purposes, a trio is the first definiton above, all birds must be the same age and the females need to be nearly identical to each other.
  8. Quote:What types does your friend have? Where do they live? Do they show?
  9. Quote:I do want to get into showing since it seems to impress people and I want my breeders to be good enough to show...besides, it looks like it could be fun!
  10. Quote:I've considered them...I just don't know enough about them--but I'll research from your links and check out your website, too...they sound pretty good. I like the fact I could butcher extra roos, too...without feeling like I'm killing an entire breed, LOL I worry too much about that....

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