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Newbie Tip - Heavy Layer Trade-offs (it's poopy)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sixpantsmaloney, May 22, 2010.

  1. sixpantsmaloney

    sixpantsmaloney In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2008
    Think about feed and poop when you're choosing chickens. Here's our experience:

    We've been doing the BYC thing for 2 years. We've had Wyandottes and Golden Buffs (or Buff Orpingtons, can't remember).

    The Wyandottes layed medium/large eggs at 4-5 a week. Our new Buffs lay HUGE eggs every day. They're amazing.

    We also seem to go through twice as much feed and water for the same birds.

    We also seem to step in poo ALL the time. It looks like a small dog left some of the piles. The coop needs cleaned out weekly instead of monthly.

    Point is, if you let them free range, you have a small backyard, and you don't like poo everywhere, then give careful consideration to the breed. A heavy layer is fun to have, you get lots of eggs, but you might be better off with 3 lighter breeds that leave less of a mess.

    So we're going back to the skittish but easier Wyandottes. The buffs will hopefully make a nice stew.
  2. fratermus

    fratermus In the Brooder

    May 1, 2010
    Point, Rains county, Tx
    Thanks for sharing this kind of practical experience. Might help newbs like me (who currently operate on theory) make better breed decisions in the future.
  3. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    It would be interesting to rate chickens on an egg to poo ratio. I know my very small bantams are about 1/5 to 1/6 of the size of a standard hen, but lay eggs only about 1/3 the size of a standard egg. Their poop is quite small, too. Most of the droppings are just a bit larger than our doves' droppings.
  4. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    IMO, bantams poop more than large breeds compared to their overall body size. But, chicken poop is nothing compared to goose poop. Goose poop is like dog poop.
  5. Bacongirl27

    Bacongirl27 In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2010
    [​IMG] hehehe this is such a funny but true post! Thank you for making me more aware of my breeds due to poo... : ) [​IMG]
  6. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Good gracious! I never thought about breed and poop. I just thought they all pooped the same. I'm only going to keep 4 buff orpingtons here at the house and the rest are going to free range in the country so I'm OK. I actually want 'quality poop' for natural fertilizer. I guess I'll just deal with big buff poop!
  7. clothdiaperingmom

    clothdiaperingmom Songster

    Feb 7, 2010
    Sweetwater, TX
    Hmm, I have thought about the heavy's as far as how much food they eat, but not how much they poop!
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Trust me, they poop BIG. I have Blue Orpingtons. The poop is rather large, just like the birds themselves.
  9. Frogtown

    Frogtown Back 40 Farm

    Aug 16, 2007
    South Carolina
    You should see broody orpington poo.... [​IMG]
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Quote:Ooh, ick, don't even go there! LOL

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