I want a prettier flock...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by elizabethbinary, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    My flock is a bit oogly. It's from inexperience - I got hatchery birds and birds from weird sources. "Araucana" is a bit of a misnomer in my signature - but it sure was what I was lead to believe. The usual lack-of-experience oogly chickens. So now that I have a bit of a better idea of what I want other than 'chickens', I was thinking I'd get myself some gorgeous Heritage breeds or something that was show-quality and gorgeous.

    I'm getting property in 6 months and the owner of the property has agreed I can have roosters. I really want a 'pet rooster' in addition to my meat roosters - but I want him to be perfect, a shining example of his breed.

    Problem is - I don't know where to begin looking for higher quality birds. I know where to get hatchery birds and meat birds and ducks and... I know where to get BREEDS, but not shining examples of breeds. I'm not even entirely sure where exactly to look for show quality chickens/eggs. I think I would prefer to raise from eggs since that way I could pick my rooster and cull the rest.

    Do I go to chicken shows and find breeders and ask them about eggs? What's the protocol for upgrading the quality of your flock?

    Thank you [​IMG]
  2. krcote

    krcote Songster

    May 21, 2008
    Concord, NH
    Look right under your nose on BYC!!! In the buy/sell section [​IMG]
  3. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Quote:I can't imagine shipping on eggs/poultry from America to Australia... [​IMG]
  4. Cargo

    Cargo Songster

    Sep 28, 2010
    Farmington, NM
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2011
  5. Jacklynn

    Jacklynn Songster

    Are there any other Aussie BYCers ? [​IMG]

    Best of luck ! I hope you find what you are looking for !
  6. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Quote:Been there done that - it's where I currently source my chickens. Searching through there is impossible, sadly.... what people THINK is a good breed compared to what IS - two different things.

    Although I did inquire about the Heritage Hamburgs on the second listing. [​IMG]
  7. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    I think poultry shows are a great idea for getting SQ stock.

    One question though... why do you want show quality? Do you want to show them, or just for your own aesthetics?

    Personally, I LOVE the look of my own, personal hatchery quality chickens - no more, no less than ones which are "show quality". I can definitely admire chickens which have been bred to perfection the way many have been, but it doesn't necessarily make them prettier to me, especially for my own backyard flock.
  8. bantiesrule

    bantiesrule Songster

    Dec 1, 2008
    Long Prairie, MN
    Quote:I think this would be the easiest and best way to get good birds. Most breeders are very friendly and love to talk about their birds. I've found it hard to get eggs or baby chicks, though. The breeders tend to want to see what they hatch and then cull for their own flocks. I don't show, though, so I'm quite happy with their culls. Much better than hatchery.
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Wow. Maybe I'm lucky or something, but my feed store chickens are really nice looking and I get compliments on them all the time. Then I started ordering eggs and incubating them for more breeds, and I do notice most of the the chickens I have hatched from breeders are much more robust and they are very, very pretty.

    But I can't imagine thinking my chickens are oogly. Except when they're molting......
  10. serendipityfarm

    serendipityfarm Songster

    Mar 28, 2010
    Is there an Aussie thread on here? I know there are threads for a lot of states here in the US. Maybe you could post one if there isn't already.

    I know what you mean, though. I got my original chicks from a hatchery, then found BYC and began to think I want a "Do-over". Instead I decided that I love my hatchery chicks for what they are and as I add I am much more careful now and research a little better what I want BEFORE I get anything.
    Good Luck!

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