Reply Hey Mom! Learn more about the Gerber Life Insurance Grow-Up Plan!
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-15-2013, 12:45 PM   #381
sarahannecloud9's Avatar
sarahannecloud9
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Crossville, Tn (Pleasant Hill)
Posts: 11,134
My Mood:
Re: ****Winter**** Chicken Moma chat thread. Join in the chat!

http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenders...ks/chooks.html
This is the best info site I know of. You may be looking for bantams. They can come in the 13 oz range. But, can go in the 2-3 lb range. The eggs are tiny though. Game breeds are small, not that small. But, they are great foragers and lay a bit larger breed. Very flighty and known to take care of themselves, lol.
rsl and bsl is red/black sex-link.

It appears the leghorn averages 4.5 lbs. Small like a game.

Advertisement

__________________
Sarah, OCD about, Chickens, Gardening, Farming, and all things Homestead! Wife 2 my savior since 97 Jimmy Ray, momma 2 my blessingsCayden 3/29/05 ANDWilliam 1/23/09~~Desperate for just 1 more. ~~Missing my beloved moma, Karen- 4/14/09 and Daddy-89
sarahannecloud9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 01:25 PM   #382
Nielsen6's Avatar
Nielsen6
Registered Users
seller
seller
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: IA
Posts: 2,013
My Mood:
Re: ****Winter**** Chicken Moma chat thread. Join in the chat!

Leghorns are prone to frostbite on their combs, so keep that in mind when winter comes along. Otherwise I have heard good things about them.

We had one last chick hatch, the last 3 of the eggs I tossed this morning. One was fully developed but must have died in the last couple days and the other two were not fully devoloped. Beginning hatching is rough, I got the digital therm/hydrometer from Walmart. I disinfected the bator and it is set at 99 degrees and 34% humidity right now.
Ready for the new eggs!

The last chick that hatched needed some help, has a little underbite and curled toes, I taped them and will be fileing the beak in a couple days. Otherwise they are all doing very well. That blue cochin is so sweet and calm, fantastic coloring as well.
__________________
Fodie, mama to DD 9/15/04 DS#1 6/11/07 DS#2 7/7/08 DS#3 5/19/10 Due September 2014!
Nielsen6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 04:07 PM   #383
sarahannecloud9's Avatar
sarahannecloud9
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Crossville, Tn (Pleasant Hill)
Posts: 11,134
My Mood:
Re: ****Winter**** Chicken Moma chat thread. Join in the chat!

Congrats on the newbys. I'm glad you like the cochin. They are just the sweetest, lol. And so darn quiet!

I didn't even see the cold part, thought it just said heat. I'd research game chickens with pea combs. Unless you will have them in a well ventilated, heated coop at night.
__________________
Sarah, OCD about, Chickens, Gardening, Farming, and all things Homestead! Wife 2 my savior since 97 Jimmy Ray, momma 2 my blessingsCayden 3/29/05 ANDWilliam 1/23/09~~Desperate for just 1 more. ~~Missing my beloved moma, Karen- 4/14/09 and Daddy-89
sarahannecloud9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 04:15 PM   #384
sarahannecloud9's Avatar
sarahannecloud9
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Crossville, Tn (Pleasant Hill)
Posts: 11,134
My Mood:
Re: ****Winter**** Chicken Moma chat thread. Join in the chat!

Or rose comb. What about asil, or a buckeye. The buckeye is more like a rir in size.
Will you be able to get the eggs of the breed you choose though? Are you purchasing online?
__________________
Sarah, OCD about, Chickens, Gardening, Farming, and all things Homestead! Wife 2 my savior since 97 Jimmy Ray, momma 2 my blessingsCayden 3/29/05 ANDWilliam 1/23/09~~Desperate for just 1 more. ~~Missing my beloved moma, Karen- 4/14/09 and Daddy-89
sarahannecloud9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 04:28 PM   #385
sarahannecloud9's Avatar
sarahannecloud9
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Crossville, Tn (Pleasant Hill)
Posts: 11,134
My Mood:
Re: ****Winter**** Chicken Moma chat thread. Join in the chat!

http://thechickencenter.com/tag/cold-hardy-chickens/
http://www.mypetchicken.com/catalog/...Hardy-c68.aspx
Americauna and buckeye keep coming up. EE comes in a bantam size.
__________________
Sarah, OCD about, Chickens, Gardening, Farming, and all things Homestead! Wife 2 my savior since 97 Jimmy Ray, momma 2 my blessingsCayden 3/29/05 ANDWilliam 1/23/09~~Desperate for just 1 more. ~~Missing my beloved moma, Karen- 4/14/09 and Daddy-89
sarahannecloud9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 07:35 PM   #386
3lilbubs
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: la la land
Posts: 19,890
Re: ****Winter**** Chicken Moma chat thread. Join in the chat!

I'm so angry right now I'm shaking. I pmed a couple of other customers of the company I bought my silkie eggs from just to find out their experiences and one forwarded my pm to the company without asking me. Then the company owners had the nerve to contact me all accusing like I had no right to ask and that I was slandering them! WHAT !! I just wrote back a long email detailing all the crap I've been thru with their CRAP eggs and how offended I am that they are taking this stance, of all the nerve, practically telling your customer to apologize!!!
3lilbubs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 09:41 PM   #387
slimy72's Avatar
slimy72
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Western US
Posts: 10,055
My Mood:
Re: ****Winter**** Chicken Moma chat thread. Join in the chat!

Yikes, that;s no fun!

So question for all of you. We've pretty much stuck with RIR hens and they have done super well for us. I'm in Northern Utah, it's pretty cold here. And my girls have faithfully laid an egg all winter long. I do have a Bantam/Buff Orpington/RIR cross and she lays an egg most days, but isn't faithful and her eggs are smaller (the banty in her of course). Anyway, we are planning to get 4 new chicks. We've already decided on 3 of them being RIR again because of the good luck we've had with them. But we'd like to try something else for #4. We'd like something that lays year round even in cold weather. Is pretty friendly, and lays rich eggs (shell color isn't important, but we like nice dark yolks). So any thoughts on what new breed we should try. We are thinking maybe a Buff Orpington or Bsx Linked but we just don't know what else to try. It's hard to branch out when you've found something that works so well. We've had a few others but they were kinda not nice to my son, they'd chase him when he tried to get eggs, the RIR's dont and that is nice.
__________________
hand spinning, soap making, sheep raising wife to my hardworking and FT WOHM to my 'lil & 6 angels in heaven & our rainbow baby that joined us safely this summer!
ISO: Formula Checks- if you have some you won't use we would love to have them!
NB Diapers for sale: http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/....php?t=1594851

Last edited by slimy72; 02-15-2013 at 09:42 PM.
slimy72 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 10:41 PM   #388
3lilbubs
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: la la land
Posts: 19,890
Re: ****Winter**** Chicken Moma chat thread. Join in the chat!

I really can't complain about our RIR's too much either, they're good faithful layers. Nice big eggs. I haven't experienced enough of the cold-climate hens to say what would be good for your situation but I wanted to say that the rich yolks is all in what you feed them. A lot of kitchen scraps and access to grass, bugs and lot and lots of greens is what gives that lovely dark orange yolk. I have friends that love their orpingtons, and that they're gentle giants so I would say you probably couldn't go wrong there, but if I can make a suggestion from my own experience in my flock, I would never get just one of any specific breed ever again. Only in pairs. The one "different" girl always seems to get picked on. Good luck and enjoy those chicks, they are so cute!
3lilbubs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2013, 05:26 AM   #389
sarahannecloud9's Avatar
sarahannecloud9
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Crossville, Tn (Pleasant Hill)
Posts: 11,134
My Mood:
Re: ****Winter**** Chicken Moma chat thread. Join in the chat!

Quote:
Originally Posted by 3lilbubs View Post
I'm so angry right now I'm shaking. I pmed a couple of other customers of the company I bought my silkie eggs from just to find out their experiences and one forwarded my pm to the company without asking me. Then the company owners had the nerve to contact me all accusing like I had no right to ask and that I was slandering them! WHAT !! I just wrote back a long email detailing all the crap I've been thru with their CRAP eggs and how offended I am that they are taking this stance, of all the nerve, practically telling your customer to apologize!!!
I'm really sorry about that Liz. I hope they can try to see your side of the story. That just really stinks.


Quote:
Originally Posted by slimy72 View Post
Yikes, that;s no fun!

So question for all of you. We've pretty much stuck with RIR hens and they have done super well for us. I'm in Northern Utah, it's pretty cold here. And my girls have faithfully laid an egg all winter long. I do have a Bantam/Buff Orpington/RIR cross and she lays an egg most days, but isn't faithful and her eggs are smaller (the banty in her of course). Anyway, we are planning to get 4 new chicks. We've already decided on 3 of them being RIR again because of the good luck we've had with them. But we'd like to try something else for #4. We'd like something that lays year round even in cold weather. Is pretty friendly, and lays rich eggs (shell color isn't important, but we like nice dark yolks). So any thoughts on what new breed we should try. We are thinking maybe a Buff Orpington or Bsx Linked but we just don't know what else to try. It's hard to branch out when you've found something that works so well. We've had a few others but they were kinda not nice to my son, they'd chase him when he tried to get eggs, the RIR's dont and that is nice.
I have to agree with with Liz. Now a breed that is cold hardy, lays through winter, and simular to the rir is the buckeye. I have 3, 2 crosses-rir/buckeye, and 1 I think is pure. The crosses are trouble makers. The pure is a smart little thing though. I just hatched a sq buckeye from a friendly flock and I'm very excited. They are quite simular breeds. There is a great history behind them I think you would enjoy to read!
http://americanbuckeyeclub.org/
Red hen is very friendly but respectufll of my boundries, unlike the other 2.
The link I provided, they are very nice and answer e-mails quickly. They helped me figured out what my 3 where through pics and tons of back and forth.
__________________
Sarah, OCD about, Chickens, Gardening, Farming, and all things Homestead! Wife 2 my savior since 97 Jimmy Ray, momma 2 my blessingsCayden 3/29/05 ANDWilliam 1/23/09~~Desperate for just 1 more. ~~Missing my beloved moma, Karen- 4/14/09 and Daddy-89
sarahannecloud9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2013, 05:40 AM   #390
sarahannecloud9's Avatar
sarahannecloud9
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Crossville, Tn (Pleasant Hill)
Posts: 11,134
My Mood:
Re: ****Winter**** Chicken Moma chat thread. Join in the chat!

Prepare for a big pic bomb! Coop progress.













__________________
Sarah, OCD about, Chickens, Gardening, Farming, and all things Homestead! Wife 2 my savior since 97 Jimmy Ray, momma 2 my blessingsCayden 3/29/05 ANDWilliam 1/23/09~~Desperate for just 1 more. ~~Missing my beloved moma, Karen- 4/14/09 and Daddy-89
sarahannecloud9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Copyright 2005 - 2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.