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Chickens for eggs and the table wanted

 
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Legion



Joined: 24 Nov 2004
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Location: Western isles, Scotland
PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 05 2:52 pm    Post subject: Chickens for eggs and the table wanted  Reply with quote    

Right here goes, I am going to buy some chickens, which chickens are the best layers - statistically speaking , is it still the blackrock hybrids? also what about table birds, which are the best and who do I buy them from? - sick of co-op chickens and eggs so I'm going to rear my own (if we can keep the terriers away from them.....) any suggestions or contacts gratefully recieved. All will live free range - so I'll be looking for a nice poultry house too - gale proof, or rather hurricane proof ..ish




From the illegal occupant of commercial premises who is using it for residential purposes ( according to our local council).

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44271
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 05 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Glad to see you back, can't help you though

Gertie



Joined: 08 Jan 2005
Posts: 1638
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 05 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi Legion, I echo Tahir's sentiments - as I'm just getting into chickens myself. Will keep an eye on this post though.

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 22789
Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 05 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are you looking to have separate breeds as layers and table birds, or do you want a dual purpose breed and intend to eat the spare cockerels?

ejc-free



Joined: 19 Jan 2005
Posts: 117
Location: Near to Cerizay in la Belle France
PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 05 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't know if this helps - but here are a couple of supplier sites I've recently found - can't give you any feedback on any of them though

http://www.countryfayre.uk.com/index.html
http://www.poultryinmotion.org.uk/
http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/islandpoultry
http://www.theblackrock.co.uk/agents.htm

The latter link has a few scottish suppliers listed

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44271
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 05 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Some handy links there ejc

Wheelwright



Joined: 23 Jan 2005
Posts: 4
Location: Aberdeenshire
PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 05 7:59 pm    Post subject: Chickens Reply with quote    

I know that hybrids are good layers and quite hardy, but not that much meat on them.

I keep quite a wide range of chickens, from Pekin bantams, to bantam warren x's, to wyndottes, silver laced also gold laced.
I'm going to be getting more different kinds later in the year including rare breeds, New hampshires, Sussex red and brown, also french marrans.

I would recommend you keeping some hybrids for eggs, and say light sussex for meat and eggs as there good for both. They have plenty of meat. Or you could go for an old breed, so they stay around, thats what I do.
Also they lay plenty of eggs, and they have plenty of meat, so a good choice to go for. Well thats what I think, everyone thinks different things don't they.

I hope that helps you.

Dee the Wheelwright's wife.

Smallholder



Joined: 27 Jan 2005
Posts: 8
Location: Powys/Hereford Border
PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 05 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi Legion.
If you have a poultry auction near you they will sell spare cockerals (mainly because the vendors are to fond of the birds to put them in the freezer)..so start there...most of the birds are full grown and are much cheaper than rearing your own.
For eggs go for a Warren or Black rock.These birds are easy to keep and calm with it.
For eggs that will always sell well at top prices, if you get any surplus, I'd buy Welsommer..

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