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chic chick



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:03 pm    Post subject: What sort of hens?  Reply with quote

Any one keep quail of any sort? I have now got some Italian and some Japanese. 4 weeks old and 2 weeks old. Hopefully it will warm up soon and I can put the older ones outside. I am thinking of hatching some hens eggs out with a view to having a few layers. I kept marrans and black rocks a long time ago. Could anyone advise me of what hens are easy to keep and lay well? They would be in a large run with a house attached in a sheltered part of a garden. ( or would I do just as well getting hold of some fertile eggs and taking pot luck? )
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think you can buy true Black Rock as hatching eggs.  Marans are good birds but won't compete for laying with the modern hybrid types, but again you won't be able to buy hatching eggs for the modern hybrid types.

I think someone on here was saying they could buy POL warren types for 5 or 6 a piece, and that might be better for you than trying to hatch.  

Don't forget the inccies and brooders take quite a bit of electric to run, then you have to feed the little darlings - even the bedding costs an arm and leg nowadays  

Just a thought.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some Leghorns sound good for all your needs if your after just cheap eggs and nice looking to and want a pure breed
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

leghorns r
hode island red
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ask your nexdoor neighbour. Err that would be me then.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bodger wrote:
Ask your nexdoor neighbour. Err that would be me then.


 Light Sussex it is then....couldn't do better.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want pure breed birds Rhode Island Reds take some beating for egg laying. Having said that my Ixworths are looking like they might be even better.

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