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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by silverbeartx, Feb 1, 2011.
I am interested in Orloff Bantams, are there many people raising them?
I have a pair listed in the auction section. I hatched them from eggs from rare feathers farms.
I've only heard of Rare Feathers Farm raising them. Despite the fact the the bantam Orloffs are in the ABA standard, I think they are an incredibly rare find at most of your poultry shows. Meyer Hatchery in Ohio claims to sell Spangled and White Orloff bantams, but given the rarity of Orloff bantams, I doubt they have the real deal.
Hope you find what you're looking for
No, there are not many people raising them. Rare Feather Farms is probably the most well known (or at least around here), but I have seen them elsewhere. I ordered my chicks from http://www.loudenfarms.com/Poultry/Chickens/Pages/Bantam_Russian_Orloff.html The owner, is a BYC Member (sixlittlechickies). I can't remember where she got her stock form, but it wasn't Rare Feather Farms.
I've seen photos of their stock. I'm not an Orloff expert but their Orloffs seem to be lacking in proper beards/muffs. Good type otherwise, though, as I recall....
Yes, I just noticed that hen earlier today (though I had a few E.E's develop that look after they were beard picked, so perhaps that is even the case). But, in the scheme of things that is an easy fix, one can cull against it as soon as they hatch.
We have a pair of Bantam Russian Orloff and a bunch of chicks in the grow out pens. We are looking for some good new lines to add to our flock. Please contact us if you have Bantam Russian Orloff or know someone who does. Wish I had seen your auction, Renae.
I heard that Rare Feathers Farm actually got birds/eggs from Louden Farms.
Rare feathers has 2 of my pullets, they are the two pictured on feathersite.
I also have 4 white pullets and a crele cockerel in addition to spangled.
I did get three cockerels from them (Louden Farm). One was not bearded and I kept the other two. They have horrid dispositions, LOL. I do have two pullets from Eric and the rest are all offspring of the crossing of the two lines. I'm working on type, all of the time and hoping to get better temperaments in the new line. So far, the best hold-back roosters are much more reserved and pretty shy--which is better than attacking you through the wire or ripping your pants when you go in to clean!
I do breed toward the standard in ABA and I use the ABA standard for my Large Fowl Orloff as well. I show both. I only breed chickens that can be shown. I just took five of my bantams to the Cascade Show in March. All did well. In fact, when choosing an AOCCL group winner, of my evil roos was a runner up!
My bantams and LF are pictured on Feathersite. You can also see additional photos on my website.