December 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm #256197mskityMember
its been a while but im back.
I was wondering if anyone can put me in contact with people who sell issa browns, barnevelds and leghorns ( i would prefer heirloom if possible).
I live in the Mornington Peninsula area.
thanksDecember 5, 2011 at 3:54 pm #515773espinay2Member
Check out the backyardpoultry forum. Both the Noticeboard and the sub-forum in the Info Centre There are a few other poultry forums too where you can find different breeds for sale.
Just in case you didn’t know 😉 – ISA Browns are not a breed. They are a commercial hybrid strain (you can not get ISA browns by breeding ISA browns together – that is if you actually ever get a rooster as the commercial hatcheries generally never sell them, except by accident. Note an ‘ISA Brown’ rooster is NOT brown as the cross is sex linked. They will be white with a red saddle)December 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm #515774Simply_BelindaMember
It might be worth checking out these guys as they are out your way.
Someone I know got their birds from there and has been very happy thus far. As the person involved got barnevelders I know they carry that breed if not the others you listed.December 10, 2011 at 2:16 am #515775KelvinMember
Just my opinion…Isa Brown’s are the rat of the chook world and only for newbies. An Ancona will outlay one of those genetic things and is pretty and smart with personality as well.December 11, 2011 at 6:41 pm #515776brymarkMember
Love my Isas and they are not only for newbies, they lay like the clappers 🙂December 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm #515777KelvinMember
Not real chickens. Genetically mutated rats with no brain and a short life span. Created solely so big business can practise animal cruelty openly and extract as much money as possible per animal. Completely inappropriate choice for small scale chook fanciers and no chook person i know would be caught dead with one.
They lay like the clappers for 2-3 years and drop off dramatically then die because they are bred to be disposable. An Ancona will lay as many or more eggs side by side and is a real chicken that will live for 10 years. I love all animals even real rats but i don’t keep them. Like many chook people i had Isa browns for the first few years. You either grow out of it, learn better, and get other breedds. Or remain lazy and ignorant and stick with the rats.December 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm #515778SteveKeymaster
You have such a way with words Kelvin…
I don’t think I have found anyone on this site to be lazy and ignorant…
Just my opinion.December 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm #515779espinay2Member
While I don’t particularly like what they represent (see http://www.isapoultry.com/en.aspx for information on the company that owns the ‘formula’ for creating them and hold the worldwide rights for producing them) and would recommend purebred heritage breeds for most purposes, those are pretty harsh words! Rather confrontational and somewhat rude. I would suggest you may want to practice a little more diplomacy…..December 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm #515780mountainmumMember
I agree with espinay – check out BYP site for decent breeds if you want ‘heirloom’ chooks. Heaps of info on each breed and a classified section.
Barnevelders are lovely looking chooks, leghorns can be a bit flighty (not the best choice if you have kids or want pets)
I have Australorps, Rhode Island Reds and Wyandottes – can recommend them all as lovely pets and good layers. Most of mine lay between 4-6 eggs each a week and will live /lay for many years.December 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm #515781brymarkMember
Lazy and Ignorant. :laugh:
You are a real charmer arent you. Such a way with words.
I also breed Pekins and Australorps. Will continue to have the isas alongside as they are reliable layers. And have fantastic personalities and are easy low maintenance hens.December 13, 2011 at 5:06 am #515782MareeSchurmannMember
Suburban Chooks in Noble Park have a selection of heirloom breeds.
Ps. I am also on the Mornington Peninsula 🙂December 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm #515783GeoffKeymaster
Kelvin, whilst we appreciate passion with regard to personal value judgements on this site we do ask that discourse remains civil and that people keep in mind that they are expressing a personal value judgement rather than an edict from some higher power.
Whilst the motivations of the people producing the breed are questionable, the motivations of the people keeping them as beloved backyard layers do not suffer from similar shades of grey, so insults directed at them are not appreciated and are not in keeping with the ethos of our community.January 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm #515784mskityMember
:tup: THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE. I ended up going to Abundant Layers in Emerald where they had a very good range. I ended up getting 2xBuff Sussex 2xBarnevelds and 2x Issa Browns. I will see how these breeds go. They are currently around 14weeks old so looking forward to eggs in a month or so.January 10, 2012 at 11:36 pm #515785BronMember
Yes, Isas do lay well. But it is so sad to see your girls in pain because they’re full of tumours or eggbound because an egg has caught inside her body as it was too big to lay 🙁 We’ve had to kill all of our Isas within 3 years of purchase.
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