Which birds do I keep?? Anyone interested in the maybes??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SportTees, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. SportTees

    SportTees Songster

    I'm wanting to get down to about 15 birds. I started with over 75 and am down to 34. I can't figure out who will be the final cut on the chickens. The ducks are also starting to multiply to fast. Do I just keep a few breeds or just the hens and a single roo or ??? Here is what I have right now:

    3 buff orp hens (3 mo old)
    6 speckled Sussex ( 2 mo old)
    2 delaware hens (2.5 mo old)
    2 partridge mixes ( 3 mo old) ( hen &roo)
    2 EE (2.5 mo old)
    2 barred rock (2.5 mo old) (hen & roo)
    3 RIR ( 2.5 mo old) ( 1 roo & 2 hens)
    1 BLK copper Maran roo ( 3.5 mo old)
    3 Blk Silkies ( 3 mo old)
    7 Cochins (possible banty from TSC??) (1.5 mo old)
    1 turken banty (1 mo old)
    1 buff orp (2 wks old)
    1 Serma ( 1 wk old)

    1 royal palm Turkey ( 2 wks old)

    4 Muscovy ducks ( 3 mo old)
    4 mixed ducks ( 7 mo - 1 yr old) ( hens & 2 drakes)
    1 roen ( 2 mo old)
    5 mixed ducks ( 2 wks old)
    2 nest with ducks sitting so possibly more ducklings

    Totals
    34 chickens
    1 turkey
    14 + ducks

    What would you cut??
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2009
  2. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

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    Try craigslist I want some more EE's but your too far away. I wouldn't want to get rid of them your very lucky to have that many.
     
  3. SportTees

    SportTees Songster

    I'am just wondering what I should get rid of? [​IMG]
     
  4. JessaLynn

    JessaLynn Songster

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    If it were me I would get rid of all the non productive ones.
    I would say all banty's (there just pretty to look at really)
    Then just pick your favorites out of the rest.2 of each or whatever.Ducks same thing.
     
  5. aceriderbetty

    aceriderbetty In the Brooder

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    Quote:I agree try craigslist. Someone out there will take some off your hands.
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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    Depends on why you have them. The best answer is going to vary a lot if they are primarily pets, egg producers, meat producers, etc., or some combination.
     
  7. chicky gal1

    chicky gal1 Songster

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    My vote is you could get rid of those 6 speckled sussex....

    TO ME! ; )

    good luck, you are in for a hard choice!
     
  8. SportTees

    SportTees Songster

    If this helps - they are mostly for pets, eggs , and 1 want at least one good broody
     
  9. NancyDz

    NancyDz Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
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    Well if you want layers, keep the older ones, they are almost to the point of lay.
    Sell the ones you have to have in the brooders.. it will make your life a lot easier [​IMG]

    Do you want fertile eggs? And purebred? Then keep the trio with a roo.



    As far as the ducks... I would just keep a few of your favorites.. again you need to figure out why you have them, do you want to breed or not? Same thing here.. keep the older ones , less work for you.

    I mean without giving us more info on what you are doing or wanting with your birds you are going to get 20 different opinions because everyone has different favorites.
     
  10. lildinkem

    lildinkem Songster

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    I would wait to see which ones are closest to their confirmation. If it was me and knowing how bad an eye I have for confirmation, I'd give away a show quality bird and keep all production.
    IF you give up on your Sussex put me in line too. I love mine.
     

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