Post Office gal called at 7:30 AM. I have noise!
This came from Mt. Healthy hatchery, in Cincinatti, IN.
2 boxes of babies.
50 Ameraucanas, 50 Black Australorps, 50 Buff Orphingtons, & 50 Silver Laced Wyanddottes.
I am going to do photos once a week to show progress.
The Gold Stars didn't do good this year. I think they had some genetic issues. Lot of them developed bad legs & things like that. Figured maybe some standard chickens would do better. We have a couple Americanas & one Silver Wyandotte with no problems.
Gold Stars I think are bred for cages. They don't try to fly, won't go in nests off the floor, & seldom go on roosts. Strange bird!
I'm thinking of Jersey Black Giants, or a mix of them and another large, docile breed. We are enlarging the chicken run right now but don't want them delivered until spring. They need to be docile to get along with my current three Brahmas who are verrrrry docile. Any suggestions? I only want 15 total so Mt Healthy sounds like a good fit for my order...I'm not selling eggs, but just share with friends.
My Jersey Giants have all been gentle, calm and friendly ladies. They have been more susceptible to Marek's disease than the other breeds, however (?). Another reliably docile breed, in my experience, has been the Buff Orpington. My Barred Rocks are all friendly but tend to pick on younger birds. Most of my Ameraucanas have been civil in their behavior to other birds but not reliably people-oriented. Many other breeds that I have kept have some individuals that are very sweet and others not so much, with no breed-specific consistency of character. Many of the larger, calmer breeds do not lay as prolifically as the light, flighty ones, but are much more pleasant to live with. Have fun rebuilding your flock!
Starting to show their colors. You are brave getting them so early. Where are you going to put them when they are considerably bigger? Mn is pretty cold in the winter isn't it? Will you have to heat it? I would think. Doubt they would have their winter coats?
Are the Gold Stars, Golden Comets, Red Star, Cinnamon Queen all really the same "breed" of chicken? If they have problems I may have to change my order... I loved my RIR's and they were great layers but they got so nasty they had to go to camp.
They are all hybrids produced as sex-linked offspring, but are not identical. Most are a cross of a white breed hen ( Delaware, Silver laced Wyandote, White Plymouth Rock) with a red breed rooster - either Rhode Island or New Hampshire Reds. The pullet chicks are colored like their dads, the roster chicks more like their moms - hence the ability to guarantee the sex from day one. I don't know if they tend to be nasty; none of my Red Sex Links are bad (sired by Rhode Island Reds) but neither are my Rhode Island Reds; however I know those often have a reputation for aggression as you found.
I thought I had an example of sex-linked coloring, but I now think I was wrong. I had two mixed breed naked necks hatch around Halloween. One was almost white, and one a dark chocolate. First I figured they were just going to grow up different colors. Then, they both began to turn red. Now, they're almost indistiguishable, but with minor differences, so I still know which is which. I also had been thinking one was a pullet, one roo, but now I'm thinking both roo. Guess I'll know eventually *g*
I just found my little bantum "Jap" had hidden away to hatch an early brood. 6 chicks w/two eggs to go. I had to run out and get a heat lamp & chick starter 'cause I sure wasn't planning on this!
I have a Jersey Giant/Buff Orpington cross rooster that is the nicest & gentlest rooster I have ever had (in my 15yrs with chickens of many breeds).
Have a red sex link hen - they are supposed to be broody so I figured I'd get chicks from her. She has the largest eggs I have seen in my life. Anywhere. She's nice & loves to run for a treat. The big deal with sex links of course is that you can tell if they are male/female at birth 'cause their color is linked to their sex.