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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Mrs. Fluffy Puffy, Feb 16, 2010.
I'm not seeing a beard on the cockerel. ??
pretty birds- how well do they handle the heat?
uneducated Orloff critic but in my opinion for what it is worth is the are beautiful
I haven't lost any to the heat. I have a mister system in my main poultry house where the pullets and hens are and that helps. My cockerels are in different pens at the moments, they don't have a mister, but they, like all the birds, have shelter with 100% shade. It has not been as hot here this summer as some years have been, although 105 degrees is plenty hot.
We have heat plus humidity but nothing like down south. 90+ is usually the high of summer, but we do get a few over 100 days. Mine just hang in the shade and pant like any other chicken.
It was 111* here a few weeks ago. I lost 2 of my Dark Cornish to the heat.
Yes Penedesenca's are great birds for wild areas.
Combs would probably get frost damage up where you are though.
I put watermelon out as a treat for the birds on our super slick days and even had the kids put icecubes in their water. Because the basement of the barn is like a modern walk-out basement it is cool enough that the birds will often hide in there if they are miserable.
I have never seen a Penedesenca. I just learned about them a short while ago. I really like the predatory meaty look the Orloffs are SUPPOSED to have.
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"I really like the predatory meaty look the Orloffs are SUPPOSED to have"
That is exactly why type should be the primary focus. The Asil is the breed from which most oriental games (Malay being one) are derived. They are not res jungle fowl but an ancient domesticated gamefowl. Kulang Asil can reach 14lbs for the cock. They have the type and size to achieve the desired result with Orloffs. The Spangled Orloffs already have the mottled gene.
I adore these birds, great pictures. I've got 6 hens and am expecting 8 pullets from a hatchery this week. I've only ever gotten hatchery chicks once but I don't breed and wanted pullets. Mine have sprinklers, shade and plus their yard gets soaked down at least once a day. It's been around 110 here but surprisingly they're still laying like clockwork every day. I've got lots of different breeds but my "Loffs" are in the top 2