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  • #491186
    Anonymous
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    looks a bit of a mixture? are his legs scaley? might have scaley mites (some oil painted over his legs for a bit may help)

    #491187
    gremmblesgremmbles
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    That rooster looks like an Isa Brown or similar. It’s care to get a rooster as commercial layers are sold already sexed but the odd male slips through.

    You can eat any chook you like but for us it has to meet a few criteria. It must have an acceptable carcus size, it must taste good and I prefer it to have white not yellow skin (cosmetic I know). We also wanted a bird that earned it’s keep ie was easily saleable. So we chose the Australorp. We have tried a number of breeds and crosses and they are by far the best tasting. Also we can sell the hens easily for a good price and eat the roosters.

    And by choosing to keep purebreds, you are assisting in preserving traditional breeds of poultry.

    #491188
    becd54becd54
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    Has anyone had any experience with Plymouth rock chickens?

    #491189
    HobbyFarmFunHobbyFarmFun
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    Yes, I keep Plymouth Rocks, and a few other breeds. We’ve found they are a little on the slow growing side, but they do grow out to a good size in the end. I don’t feed them anything special, so if they were fed a broiler mix they might do better faster – I just do the commercial starter, then grower, then layer pellets until they look like they are ready, at around 20-25 weeks. I also keep Light Sussex, and by the looks of the up and coming roo I’ve got there, they might be even better yet as a layer/broiler breed. I’ve found my light sussex girls to be not too bad layers and this roo is getting huge! I am also playing around at the moment with crossing some of my birds to acheive a better layer and bigger meaty male.

    #491190
    becd54becd54
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    is anyone on here from WA? and know where I can get these breeds a bit cheaper than $15 for day old chicks unsexed?

    #491191
    HobbyFarmFunHobbyFarmFun
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    Have look on the Backyard Poultry website, you can always put up a wanted ad there or check the breeders directory. It’s a pity you’re not closer, I sell my unsexed day olds for $5 each!

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