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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by geareduplyn, Nov 10, 2008.
Does anyone have any feedback on the Braggs Mountain Buff chickens?
I can't believe that no one on this forum has had any Braggs Mountain Buff chickens. I'm really interested in finding out about their egg laying abilities, and how they measure up as a meat producer.
All I know is they are advertised in Backyard Poultry and they did a write up on them in the second or third edition. It was a very positive article but I don't know anyone personally who has them.
Quote:Thanks, I'll check my back issues tonight.
You might try to contact PoisonIvy - I BELIEVE she had them at one time, but i could be mistaken.
I have one BMB hen. She is a nice sweet girl really. I purchased her from a lady who had shipped some into Texas. She was selling out her flock and going out of the egg business. I asked her about the breed and her comment was that they were very unstable. She had lost a lot due to eggbound. They lay jumbo plus eggs the older they get. So far our girl has not laid anything very huge, but then she is maybe not that old. They look a lot like the Buff Orpington, but have a lighter color feather - and a different shaped feather to them. My card reader for my camera is not working or I would get you a photo. Like I said, I only have the one. She is nice and friendly. The ladies Roo reminded me of a Buff Orpington Roo and was gentle also. I don't plan on getting anymore because I like the BO much better.
Unbelievable! From 18,000+ members only one person has had one bird of this Breed/Strain.
They are, to the best of my knowledge, a recently developed "breed' which is only available from one source which is a small independent hatchery/farm. I don't believe they have been sold in very large numbers.
Here's a link to where they are sold-they're pretty pricy too!
Yes, I do not think they are common at all. I looked around trying to find out what they were before I visited this lady who had some at her farm. If you want a unique breed to have it then I would say try some. However, if you want the BMB for eggs and meat, then I would go with something else. our Braggs (we call her that also) is smaller in body than the BO we got from Ideal. She also lays a creamy colored egg much smaller than the BO. At least at this time. I figure she is about a year and a half. She just finished her first molt. After seeing one of that lady's Braggs eggbound and knowning she was probably going to have to put it down as she hadn't been able to help her, I wouldn't think of trying them myself. In fact, I left believing I had 2 BO from her and got home to discover that my kids had grabbed the BMB hen for one instead.
It would be interesting to know if any other BYC members did have one or more of these birds. Maybe someone else has had a better experience.
I cannot remember which Yahoo Chicken group I'm in that it was, but I remember one poster stating that they really enjoyed their Braggs Mtn Buffs and that they'd never get any other kind of chicken, because of their friendliness and their nice sized eggs that they sold to a local store. I cannot remember them mentioning anything about problems with egg bound hens.
I've always wanted to get a few but, I don't have the room right now.