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Which hens to get?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sfisher, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. sfisher

    sfisher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My local feed store will be carring these chickens in March, Black sex links, Warrens, and Rhode Island reds. All I want is a good feed to egg ratio. What do you suggest?
     
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Black sex links will be optimum if all you care about is FCR. The RIR's are prettier (I think). I've never heard of a Warren, though. Did they mean "Maran" maybe?
     
  3. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    rirs. great layers, beautiful, but they do eat a bunch
     
  4. sfisher

    sfisher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never heard of Warrens either.
     
  5. sfisher

    sfisher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found Warrens on the net. All it says is that they are a RIR cross, originally bred for battery farms. Type is Hybrid, weight medium, egg color beige, eggs per year 300. Also known as Calder Ranger. Sounds like a good hen to me. The Maran was on the same page it is a RIR crossed with a Plymouth Rock.
     
  6. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2008
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    RIR's. I have a bunch. They supply me with TONS of beautiful HUGE brown eggs. I suggest them.
     
  7. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Sounds like if a warren is a mix, it would be another priporty name for a red sexlink. I bet the RIR's are really production reds. Any of the three will do well for you. The main advantage of sexlinks is you will have 100% pullets for sure, instead of just 90%.
     
  9. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
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    Sexlinks will be more economical as far a feed to egg. And I think the red sexlinks are really pretty with their "white underwear".
     

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