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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by missourichickenmama, Oct 31, 2008.
so far i have
3. buff oprpingtons
any thing else?
I read in several places that brahmas weren't good foragers. Mine free-range morning till dusk and my feed bill has dropped to a third of what it was before I started letting them free-range all day.
I have RIR and love them, since I started free ranging my feed bill has been cut in half. they look great marrie
Barred rocks are pretty good. I really miss my buff orpingtons. They where the sweetest.
American Gamefowl. Very people friendly, fight predators, and reproduce/brood all on their own!
When you say the best at free ranging, do you mean the best at foraging, the best at staying alive or both?
I think most breeds are very good at foraging. I've always just gone with what I've liked, that does well in our cold winters and has a good temperament. They've all been great foragers. Chickens love to eat! The more they forage, the better they get at it. It takes them a little time to find out what's good to eat, if they don't have another chicken to show them. Every plant, bug and worm they eat, is a new experiment for them.
The Cornish crosses bred as meat chickens are probably the only really bad foragers. They have a hard time just getting around as they grow. Breeds that have trouble seeing where they're going don't always get around as well. You can always give them a bit of a trim around the eyes, though, so they can see better.
Are predators going to be a big problem where you live? I think Polish are going to have a harder time, unless you trim the feathers that cover their eyes. They just won't be able to see what's coming. How well they do, might just depend on your particular situation. I've always heard and read that white chickens get taken by preditors more often, so have stayed away from them. I don't know if that's actually true or a myth. I think the lighter, flightier breeds are supposed to stay alive better when it comes to predators.
A lot of people free range the heavy breeds, though, including me. Orpingtons and australorps are wonderful chickens. So are any of the varieties of rocks. Sussex, Dorkings and Faverolles are also very nice chickens.
Quote:both. the polish are freindly and let my little brother pick them up and that is why we keep them.
buff orps for sure, I love mine. They are so much nicer than my RiR or my black aussies and my polish is nice and I can pick her up but she's skittish cuz her top hat makes vision poor.
Quote:Thats probably because they cant see him coming. clip thier feathers so they can see, and it may be a whole different story.
Rocks are great to free range and the wyandottes as well. They are both very good foragers and are allert enough to help them avoid hawks and such.