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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: Calvin] #6762385
02/07/20 11:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Calvin
... On the other end of the spectrum are the Orpingtons. Big and beautiful but loud and annoying. My last couple Buff Orpingtons went on a field trip and never returned.


That's hard to even imagine! Buff Orpingtons are known for being mellow and good natured. Daisy is a Buff Orpington, and she is a gentle lap chicken like every other one I've heard of. This is the first time I have ever heard someone characterize them as loud and annoying. Maybe the local feed store had a bad source or breeder for Orpingtons? Zim always wanted Buff Orpingtons because of articles he had read about how nice they are, and when we got ours, they were exactly that. (We had another one, who was a little sweetheart, but was killed by a hawk.) We will never be without at least one Buff Orpington!


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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6762399
02/07/20 11:36 PM
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We have the Plymouth rocks now ...but still looking for ahearty fun breed that lays brown eggs.

Plus we have one or two feather eating hens that wreck the others looks.

Not happy with them.


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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6762540
02/08/20 01:10 AM
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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: Patrice] #6762576
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Originally Posted by Patrice
Originally Posted by Calvin
... On the other end of the spectrum are the Orpingtons. Big and beautiful but loud and annoying. My last couple Buff Orpingtons went on a field trip and never returned.


That's hard to even imagine! Buff Orpingtons are known for being mellow and good natured. Daisy is a Buff Orpington, and she is a gentle lap chicken like every other one I've heard of. This is the first time I have ever heard someone characterize them as loud and annoying. Maybe the local feed store had a bad source or breeder for Orpingtons? Zim always wanted Buff Orpingtons because of articles he had read about how nice they are, and when we got ours, they were exactly that. (We had another one, who was a little sweetheart, but was killed by a hawk.) We will never be without at least one Buff Orpington!


My sister has an AustralOrp rooster... Cogburn. Finest rooster I've ever seen. Friendly and calm. Very watchful of his ladies and rarely crows.

Mike


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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6762581
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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: Patrice] #6762615
02/08/20 04:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Patrice
Originally Posted by Calvin
... On the other end of the spectrum are the Orpingtons. Big and beautiful but loud and annoying. My last couple Buff Orpingtons went on a field trip and never returned.


That's hard to even imagine! Buff Orpingtons are known for being mellow and good natured. Daisy is a Buff Orpington, and she is a gentle lap chicken like every other one I've heard of. This is the first time I have ever heard someone characterize them as loud and annoying. Maybe the local feed store had a bad source or breeder for Orpingtons? Zim always wanted Buff Orpingtons because of articles he had read about how nice they are, and when we got ours, they were exactly that. (We had another one, who was a little sweetheart, but was killed by a hawk.) We will never be without at least one Buff Orpington!

I agree. I have three Buff Orpingtons and they are all quiet and mellow. Laying good in midwinter. I have a huge rooster, he is friendly, Not afraid of me though.

On a side note . I discovered a heater on amazon for chickens. It looks like a small flat screen TV for about $35. I think. It was just the ticket for my hen house. warmed them right up, uses 250 watts and very safe. No more heat lamp, just a light now. I would recommend one for anyone in a cold climate.

Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6762632
02/08/20 06:42 AM
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I had a few black australorps I hatched.....one rooster attacked my son non stop at 4 yrs old,he tried to defend himself with a stick to no avail,they went bye bye [Linked Image]

Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6762701
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W.Riv.rogue I don't mind a cranky rooster as long as the hens are good layers ...even in the winter.

Yukonjeff, I'd sure like to see that Heater you mentioned!... what is it called or do you have a picture of it?


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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6762708
02/08/20 09:15 AM
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If they are eating feathers they need more protein in there diet.


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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6762715
02/08/20 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by 330-Trapper
W.Riv.rogue I don't mind a cranky rooster as long as the hens are good layers ...even in the winter.

Yukonjeff, I'd sure like to see that Heater you mentioned!... what is it called or do you have a picture of it?

i dont mind a cranky rooster either but when he is constantly hitting my 4 yr old high in the chest he is a danger to my sons well being,,he is tablefare!!! Rooster has nothing to do with hens being good layers...roosters are only for fertility if u want hatching eggs.

Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: Kevin Stake] #6762720
02/08/20 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Kevin Stake
If they are eating feathers they need more protein in there diet.

That helps....but once the habit begins I couldnt get it to stop.

Plus why Now???? This is my 5th breed/ Flock. (I get a dif. Breed every 2 years) All the different flocks over the last 12 years have been raised and fed the same diet. Quality crumbles layer feed, oyster shells, grit. Same bedding and water and heat source. This flock of Plymouth Rocks are all butt bare. Theres been no way to find the problem bird or birds eating feathers. None of my others did that. So???


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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6762722
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Originally Posted by 330-Trapper
Originally Posted by Kevin Stake
If they are eating feathers they need more protein in there diet.

That helps....but once the habit begins I couldnt get it to stop.

Plus why Now???? This is my 5th breed/ Flock. (I get a dif. Breed every 2 years) All the different flocks over the last 12 years have been raised and fed the same diet. Quality crumbles layer feed, oyster shells, grit. Same bedding and water and heat source. This flock of Plymouth Rocks are all butt bare. Theres been no way to find the problem bird or birds eating feathers. None of my others did that. So???

Boredom!! and dominance
If free ranging it wont happen so much

Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6762733
02/08/20 09:33 AM
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Well the Large coop and outdoor covered run didnt bother the other full feathered flocks.
Im not free ranging birds here...too many Owls, Eagles and Especially HAWKS.

I'M picking the new chicks out of the catalogs now.


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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6762741
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Originally Posted by 330-Trapper
Well the Large coop and outdoor covered run didnt bother the other full feathered flocks.
Im not free ranging birds here...too many Owls, Eagles and Especially HAWKS.

I'M picking the new chicks out of the catalogs now.


yup but thats what you deal with when u keep them penned up...30 yrs plus of chickens and gamebirds and my parents and grandparents the only chickens who feather picked were penned up chickens....gamebirds many do it regardless of diets if no blinders,beaktrimming etc.

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We changed feed and they quit eating feathers. Canít remember if it was animal protein or plant protein that causes it. We sold our chickens 3 years ago, so I donít remember. We were getting the feed from a feed mill that made their old feed that cured the problem.


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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: west river rogue] #6762759
02/08/20 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by west river rogue
Originally Posted by 330-Trapper
Well the Large coop and outdoor covered run didnt bother the other full feathered flocks.
Im not free ranging birds here...too many Owls, Eagles and Especially HAWKS.

I'M picking the new chicks out of the catalogs now.


yup but thats what you deal with when u keep them penned up...30 yrs plus of chickens and gamebirds and my parents and grandparents the only chickens who feather picked were penned up chickens....gamebirds many do it regardless of diets if no blinders,beaktrimming etc.

Seriously though you're not thinking about all the other 10 years and different flocks we had with ZERO FEATHER picking.

Its not just that


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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: Kevin Stake] #6762760
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Originally Posted by Kevin Stake
We changed feed and they quit eating feathers. Canít remember if it was animal protein or plant protein that causes it. We sold our chickens 3 years ago, so I donít remember. We were getting the feed from a feed mill that made their old feed that cured the problem.

Im. Changing breeds ...the feed I might add protein to.
Thanks


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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6762832
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Were your other birds debeaked (spelling) us, relation, and neighbors used to do that so they wouldnít kill each other.

Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6762840
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Weíve had good luck doing it with chickens, but they do still have the lower beak and I can see where they could use it to kill other birds.

Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6762886
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Ideal Hatchery, out of Texas. By far the best quality birds. I always feed one bag of medicated
Chicken starter to begin the chicks. Keeps them from getting the trots and dying from
Dehydration. Pat

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