Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by EricH, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. EricH

    EricH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Valley Springs, ca
    Just curious, why an auto-sexing bird like the legbar wouldnt be more popular in the US. with the popularity of sex-links, etc. seems like youd see more auto-sexing chickens. especially after seeing all the "is this a roo?" threads on here. its always so sad to hear how dreaded people are to find out they have a rooster, i know most people live in less than rural conditions.
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    The main popularity with Sex Links isn't entirely the fact that they are easily sexed (and sadly still a lot of people are confused on the sex of them. . .) It is that the hens will lay a LOT of eggs. . . For their first year.

    Legbars are simply just not available to the US. [​IMG] As for autosexing, not sure on why. . .
  3. EricH

    EricH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Valley Springs, ca
    well i understand and am aware that sex-links are hands down some of the best layers there are, period. secondly, it takes only a quick glance to google to find out how to distinguish a sex-links' sex. and finally, the legbar was bred from araucanas, barred rocks, and leghorns. so i'd imagine they are pretty darn good layers. and like i hear so much on this site "hatcheries breed for egg production" - so i assume egg production is just something you can just cull your way towards. just seems like a lot of work to make a hybrid sex link when theres a readily available auto-sex breed out there already - and bred from such staple breeds here in the usa.

    oh... and did i say i think theyre really cool looking? haha.. especially the crele color roo's.

    but anyways, does anyone know of anyone breeding them in the states? my dad has a chicken book he got from Lowe's of all places - turns out its geared towards the UK. so it talks about Ixworths, and sussex, and legbars quite a bit. they have some pretty cool breeds over there. they probably say the same thing about us though.... naa
  4. UrbanFarmChix

    UrbanFarmChix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2009
    Portland, OR
    GreenFire Farms is in the process of importing them.
    They'll be expensive for a couple years though. I've had my eye on Legbars since I first got interested in chickens. Someday...
  5. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2010
    Believe me. If I could find some legbars within my budget, I would order them in a heartbeat.
  6. EricH

    EricH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Valley Springs, ca
    haha that'll be pretty sweet. yeah, ive read about the "1000 dollars per bird" rule to get 'em over here. thats pretty awesome that greenfire does all that though. those coronation sussex sure are beautiful.
  7. jamesbwood

    jamesbwood Chillin' With My Peeps

    They are popular with me. And the fact that Punnet developed them provides extra geek points.

    I have ONE. Hope to hatch more soon.

  8. RyeRanch

    RyeRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2012
    Poway, Ca
    I have 2on the way. Fingers crossed the move doesn't stress them out too much. I am Sooo excited.

    I think they will become more and more common in the next 6-12 months. Mypetchicken.com will start selling them in early 2013.
  9. rc50

    rc50 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2011
  10. mabhera

    mabhera Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2012
    Puerto Rico

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