Farming forum: Chicks....buy for eggs or for beauty?

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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Mar 23, 2014 8:19 AM CST
I have had chickens on and off most of my life and decided to get some chicks to raise this spring. Nice brown eggs were my original goal so I bought black and golden sex-linked and some barred rocks. Then I saw some gold and silver laced Wyandottes and decided I needed some pretty ones that are moderate layers. Then I bought a couple brown Leghorns, spotted Sussex, Welsummers. New Hampshire reds, and Blue Andalusians. Now have 24 and I only want 8-10 so will need to rethink my goal....eggs or pretty? What do you think?
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Mar 23, 2014 8:39 AM CST
I think they are all pretty! Like Welsummers for the really dark brown eggs. If you keep 2 of each, there's only 14, that's not too far off your goal of 10!
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 23, 2014 9:15 AM CST
- And if you add a couple of Ameraucanas you can have blue eggs too!
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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Mar 23, 2014 10:58 AM CST
I have had Ameraucanas and did like the eggs. When I say beauty I mean something like the coloring of a red laced blue Wyandotte as compared to the coloring of a black sex link. I agree Tom that they are all pretty except I am really not attracted at all to Silkies or Frizzles. I wouldn't raise white Leghorns either as I prefer brown eggs to white for no logical reason.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 23, 2014 12:02 PM CST
Paul, your Brown Leghorns will lay white eggs.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Mar 23, 2014 12:06 PM CST
I have a mixed flock and I have to say the Wyandottes are the prettiest. Even their tail end is shaped like a big ol fluffy heart.
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Mar 23, 2014 12:17 PM CST
Here's a pic of my Blue Laced Red Wyndotte Rooster. I'm gathering his "offspring eggs" now to hatch.
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Mar 23, 2014 1:08 PM CST
I bought the brown Leghorns on a whim knowing they would lay white eggs. I was seduced by a picture of a brown Leghorn rooster in pictures on the net and secretly hoped one would be a rooster. *Blush* One of the New Hampshire Reds is getting a comb and acting feisty so he will probably go bye-bye soon. Pretty rooster Tom........
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Mar 24, 2014 10:13 AM CST
Well, I'm getting the temp regulated on the incubator, so now I'll have to see how many eggs I want to hatch. Whistling
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 24, 2014 10:19 AM CST
Remember some may fail, so...
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Mar 24, 2014 11:19 AM CST
Well, I have 47 eggs in it, hoping to get a few more Blue Laced eggs to add yet today or tomorrow.
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denimangle
Apr 10, 2014 6:18 PM CST
Eggs & meat I like to watch them & I pickup feathers for crafts but they are for food

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