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March 12, 2010


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I'm going to agree with Gary on just about everything. I will say that my Barred Rock outlays the Australorps. That surprised me a little and I've had both breeds in the past.

Buffs Orpingtons are great. But, any of these 3 "hefty" birds requires quite a bit of feed for maintenance. Still, they aren't inclined to go over the fence (unless encouraged to do so by an adventuresome rooster). They are what I look for in a hen, fat and happy.

Now, Wyandottes ARE beautiful and my brother considered his Sex Links, the best. The 1 Rhode Island Red I had was a gentleman but they don't have a very good reputation for that - so . . ? Don't know much of anything about New Hampshires.

There are meat birds that are different from the Cornish X's called Freedom Rangers, sold by JM Hatchery. You can google that if those are critters that interest you.

Great topic, Craig!

Just commenting . . .

Pernille Mayhew

If you are looking for just egg-layers and not raising you own chick, try to avoid those that have a tendency to go broody which is the reason I did not like the Orpingtons. Last batch of egg layers we got, I had them add a couple of naked-neckers just to tease my husband. They actually ended up being some of our favorite ones...great egg-layers, and laying big eggs as well. Good chickenalities as well, very friendly.
Have bought all my chickens from East Farm
Feed Store here in Otis Orchards. Don can order you just about any chicken, or other fowl you want. I have, from several sites,
combined a list of chickens I choose from each time, every 2-3 years, I get new chickens. I would be happy to share my list.


We just decided we want to raise chickens here in Spokane. I think we want to skip raising chicks and get older chickens. Amy suggestions on where to get them? Thanks!


I would talk to some farmers from the farmers' markets. Just note that chickens produce fewer eggs as they age so the ideal is to get a juvenile hen that is around 6 months old.


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