The French maran is just a gorgeous sweet chicken the gold laced Wyandotte is bff with the French maran but a bit more skittish. DH picks them up every day to get them used to us though. Can't wait to eat the first eggs!
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15-01-2016 18:48 #21Senior Member
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16-01-2016 10:56 #22
They'll love their run anyway. How cute are they when they have their dust baths? My parents looked after our house when we were on holidays once and when we got back my dad told us it was really hot one day and one of the chickens was flopping around on the ground looking half dead, so he grabbed her and started dunking her in a bucket of water to cool her down, since she obviously had heat stroke. Then suddenly he says "oh no! Look, she's doing it again!!!" Me: "I'm dad, she's having a dust bath..." Poor girl had been minding her own business having a lovely dust bath and she'd been picked up and unceremoniously dunked in a bucket of water!! LOL!
Getting the first eggs is so exciting!
16-01-2016 11:09 #23
Mine are currently making a right mess of my lawn. DH is not impressed. Plus they are moulting, so look awful, and I'm not getting any eggs!! Need to pull my finger out and get some Hyline or Isa POL's. My speckled sussex's and lace Wyandotte's might be pretty to look at, but gosh I'm over the broodiness and the impacts on my egg production!
16-01-2016 11:11 #24
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16-01-2016 11:22 #25
Getting chickens - any advice?
You know, funnily enough, I've got two lavender araucana's (the ones that lay blue eggs) and I was ready for them to be poor layers, broody all the time and just not as hardy, but they're both just over 3 years old, have laid an egg every single day (even in the winter), only one of them had gone broody once and they were the only two not to catch a flu when the rest of them did! I am so surprised! And I love their blue eggs, they make my egg basket look pretty! They're a bit darker blue than the photo shows though.
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16-01-2016 12:00 #26
Wow! They are so pretty!!! I'm hoping mine will grow out of the brood as they get older. They vary in age from 12-18 months, so hoping as they get older they will settle. I've had 3 girls in my brood box at once! Luckily it's a decent size. We seem to get a run of them, and then a few weeks of eggs, and then brood cycle starts again. Sigh.
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