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Leg Bands too small?... My "bigfoot" Orpingtons

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DawnSuiter, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. DawnSuiter

    DawnSuiter Chillin' With My Peeps

    I bought a size 12 for my Orpingtons and they outgrew them before they even hit 6 months old!! I only used half dozen of the bands and they ALL outgrew them.

    I can't believe I have to get them a size designed for CANADA GEESE!!!???!!!

    are my birds too big?
     
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  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I imagine you know the info in this thread, but I went to check before I responded and thought I'd just add the link. Size 12 is the recommended size for Orpingtons.

    When I was researching breeds, the size of Orpingtons was one of the hardest to pin down. I saw sites that said full-grown Orp hens were 6-1/2 pounds with other sites ranging all the way up to 8 pounds. I have trouble believing there is this much discrepency in the size of full grown Orp hens if they have been given proper nutrition, although I could see some variation due to strains.

    Where I am headed with all this random rambling is, maybe you have a new strain of Orps, the "bigfoot" strain.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=126202
     
  3. DawnSuiter

    DawnSuiter Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] "bigfoot" strain

    maybe so! [​IMG]

    I'm expecting 8lb hens and 10-12lb Roosters but I certainly WASN"T expecting CANADA GEESE sized Orps! LOL

    Almost ALL of my orps are this size too... there are only 4 little buff hens from a local farmer that I would call small. AND NO ONE is a year old yet!!!!!!!!!!
     

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