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Which hens to get?

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

  1. sfisher

    sfisher Songster

    Jan 20, 2008
    Myrtle Beach
    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 Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    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 Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    rirs. great layers, beautiful, but they do eat a bunch
  4. sfisher

    sfisher Songster

    Jan 20, 2008
    Myrtle Beach
    I have never heard of Warrens either.
  5. sfisher

    sfisher Songster

    Jan 20, 2008
    Myrtle Beach
    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 Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    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
    San Antonio TX
    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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