RIR and Buff Orpingtons SUCK!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by THunter, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. THunter

    THunter Songster

    I've raised all kinds of hens in the past. According to a lot of written information, I decided on RIR's and Buff Orpingtons as my current layer flock. I have 14, seven of each breed. I bought them in May of '08 and they never even laid an egg until they were 10 months old. From March of this year until the next to last week in May, we averaged 13 eggs per day. Since then we get only 7 at most and 5 on the low end per day. All they want to do is sit on empty nests. Never seen so many hens want to go broody. All of them are about to go in the stew pot--cost too flippin' much to just feed 'em. It will be all hybrids from now on!
     
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  2. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

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    Sounds like Hybrids may be just what you need. Good Luck with that.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    You just need some Barred Rocks. Rarely ever go broody, lay every day. My RIRs are great layers and my Buff Orps are too, but my BRs really shine. Some strains are just better layers than others, I guess.
     
  4. spook

    spook Songster

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    I have Ameraucana/mix and was told they will go broody constantly... Mine never have! 3 years old and nope, not a chance.
    So, try an Ameraucana- maybe its the water (JK)!
     
  5. cherig22

    cherig22 Green Fields Farm

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    Never had my RIR or Orps go broody....I should be so lucky.

    Cheri [​IMG]
     
  6. FlashPointFarm

    FlashPointFarm Songster

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    I'm guessing it's the bloodlines you have. I only wish I had a broody hen or two! [​IMG]
     
  7. The Wolf Queen

    The Wolf Queen Songster

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    So do alot of BOs and RIRs not lay very well and what color of eggs?
     
  8. THunter

    THunter Songster

    Quote:I'll trade ya.
     
  9. Hi! Enjoy your stew.

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    Lisa
     

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