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Thoughts on this heritage breed.....

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BarredBuff, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Songster

    Dec 6, 2009
    After spending 3 years trying to find a perfect self reliant breed. We have tried BRs, BOs, RIRs, Doms, and Aussies. We have been most impressed with the Australorps. We use our chickens for meat and eggs, so its important for us to have a GOOD DP breed. This spring we are planning on hatching Delawares from a flock in Tenessee, and integrating with our Australorps. We will also be accquirng STD. Bronze Turkey Eggs to hatch as well.

    From what I have read, Dels are supposed to be good SS birds. They supposedly are good for free range broiler operations, lay big eggs, go broody and forage good. Is that true, are your breeders birds like that?

    How would a Del Australorp X look and how would their utility qualities be?

  2. HaikuHeritageFarm

    HaikuHeritageFarm Songster

    Jul 7, 2010
    Anchorage, AK
    In my experience they were all that you say. Nothing beats a Cornish Cross for meat producing efficiency, but the cockerel culls were certainly big meaty birds.

    Why would you want to crossbreed something that's already everything you want?
  3. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Songster

    Dec 6, 2009
    Just for experimental purposes, just to see. Maybe sell, or eat either one.
  4. cubalaya

    cubalaya Crowing

    Nov 19, 2008
    central virginia

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