Le Fleche pair/trio

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by omelette'smom, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. omelette'smom

    omelette'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the spring i was hoping to locate chicks or eggs of the devil combed breeds for my son-he likes the freaky look to them. I checked out all sorts of hatchery sites and none listed this kind of chicken. Any suggestions or alternative breed? It's a long time away but it's still fun to dream!!![​IMG]
    My daughter wants white frizzles (bantum's probably) and my other boy didn't say and I would love naked necks. I'm wondering if it's bad to mix pairs of species (at the recommended 6 months) with a flock of "normal" size and breeds without worrying about them being pecked to shreds. I have 2 coops-(one in use and one's a time out corner) but they are all free range. I could keep the new ones separate but if i have 3 fb, 3 nn, 3lf and 3 something else than that will be 4 roos and 8 hens in a 16x6 run.....not enough space! am i trying to talk myself out of this? I'm torn what to do---any suggestions are welcome---but mainly i guess my question is on where to locate the LF's or other split comb!!! tx:weee
     
  2. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    92caddy has la fleche, not sure how old mine will be when they start laying, they are 7 weeks old now. As for putting the birds together, I have my bantyseparate from my large fowl. I will be making A-frame coops when I want pure eggs, but when I am done hatching/selling for the season I am going to put them in an aviary type coop/run (frame from tarp type rv shed) with high branches, been told the la fleche are flighty as are a couple of my other birds so I figured I would give them somewhere to fly to.
    ETA- my appenzeller spitzhauben have the comb too but is less noticeable with their hairdo
     
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  3. omelette'smom

    omelette'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never gave thought to their habits and needs!! Only mine and my kids![​IMG] I'll have to do more thinking! I guess I'm just excited about the fact that I was able to place my 4 extra roos this morning and can get more chickens now. [​IMG] My boys went to a farm down the road and have 50 girls they can "play" with. I'm happy for them and am gonna miss them. So now I'm obsessed into the desire to fill the void that really isn't needing to be filled right now.[​IMG]
     
  4. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

    May 18, 2007
    Portland, IN
    Yep I still have my LaFleche. I have them in their own pen because I wanted to keep them pure. I have been leaving them out to roam around while other birds or breeds are out and I havent had any problems with them yet. I have more problems with the turken roo then I do with any of my breeds of roos. The LaFleche are a bit more flighter then most breeds but they are not all that bad. My birds know me and I dont have much or any troubles with them, but now if you were to come into their, that would be a different story, Im sure they would flip out. They lay a med white egg, some lay a very light tinted egg. They are not good winter layers. They are not great summer layers either. My birds are about 2 to4 year old, so maybe its their age. I have a few young ones coming to egg laying age, so I'll have to see how they lay compared to their parents. Any questions, feel free to ask away and I will try to answer all I can.......................
     
  5. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    Hey Ed,
    Did you by any chance get any of your birds from Jack Barnes. When I spoke to him he said he had shipped some birds out to your area so I was curious if it was you he sent them to?
     
  6. omelette'smom

    omelette'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For my family it would be easiest to keep all the birds together in one big coop and run because i know how my kids are-they'll leave a door open or want to take a penned up chick for their FIRST WALK around the yard when they get old enough and wouldn't be the least bit surprised if my daughter knitted a scarf for one of them or the boys made a leash! They would eventually become mainstreamed! If yours did okay with the rest of the flock than maybe i'll still go for it! Please tell me the habits of turkens!! I have my heart set on white frizzle turkens with the black necks!! I find them to be "perty". my husband thinks I'm cracked. My daughter sides with my enthusiasm so maybe I'll do those too! Are they skittish, aggressive, homebodies? I need them able to read the clock and go inside when all the other "children" do. When i first got my polish she would sit ON the coop and not go IN. It was hard to make her get the concept! Don't know if it was her or the breed so i don't want to go through that again. Thank you!!!!!
     
  7. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    I thought turkens had pink skin [​IMG]
     
  8. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ideal sells la fleche.
     
  9. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

    May 18, 2007
    Portland, IN
    klf73............I got my LaFleche from Phil Bartz. He is a APA-ABA licensed judge and a APA Master Exhibitor. He is from IL.



    omelette'smom.............The turkens you are referring to with the black skin are show girls, they are like a silkie/ turken crossed. My turkens are very friendly, very calm and make easy pets, but the roos that I have had, all of them were pretty aggressive towards other roos and they really like the hens[if you know what i mean]. I have several different breeds of chickens and when I let them out in the evenings to roam, most of my breeds will stick to their own and they each have their own place that they stay or hang out in the yard, but not the turken roos, they like to go to the others hang out area and fight with the other roos and have their way with the other hens. Not that the other roos wont stray from their area, but my turken roos are really bad about it. ...............
     
  10. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    Thanks Ed, still learning about my La Fleche. Jack use to do exhibition a while back, not sure if he still does. There is a pic of one of his birds on feathersite, I am still learning the standard. None of his stock came from a hatchery, but I didn't ask where he originally got his stock, but it was so long ago I don't think it matters [​IMG] . I don't know how tightly line bred his birds are. When I talk to him in the spring I will find out. If he hasn't introduced any new blood in a while I may see if I can buy some eggs from you.
    I hatched showgirls with my La Fleche and even though they try to hold their own I separated them, they are no match for the bigger La Fleche. I can't say how older birds will do as I am going to be separating my bantys
     

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