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« on: October 06, 2007, 05:37:47 PM »

My wife and I were out picking up a few things from the feed store.  They had some California White Leghorn Chicks. My wife and I are considering getting a few chickens after the new year. I had heard Buff Orpingtons are good. But I was curious about these leghorn chickens. So does anybody have any? And what are they like? How is their temperment? How skitish are they? How good of egg layers are they?

I am sure I could look this stuff up but I would rather hear from the voices of experience.

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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2007, 09:32:14 PM »

White leghorns are considered the premier comercial egg producing chicken in the USA--At least it had been post WWII until the 1980's.  It lays a nice white shelled eggs.  Most of the white eggs in the supermarkets in my area are from white Leghorns.  Commercially eggs are produced in caged birds w/o roosters.
Buff Orpingtons are a good duel (egg/meat) purpose bird a bit larger than the Leghorn.  The Orpingtons lay larger sized brown eggs.  The only chickens rated larger in size than the Buff Orpington (thought are several rated the same size) is the Jersy Giant. 
Eggs from chickens raised on the ground verses in cages have a much more richer taste.  Fertilzed eggs taste even better--Let's hear it for the Rooster.
My barnyard flock are a cross of Aruacana, Buff Orpington, Leghorns, and Light Brahma.  I get brown, pink, green, and tan colored eggs but no white 1s. I'm trying to develop a chicken that is self-brooding, hardy, and versitile.
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2007, 10:31:56 PM »

buff orpingtons are considered a heavy breed along with rhode island reds, jersey giants, and the other brown egg layers are. i've had most all of those and they are pretty much interchangeable as far as i'm concerned except for their appearance...so if you are going for one of these then get what looks nice to you.
we've had leghorns and they might be well suited for your climate and they lay nice big white eggs. they did not winter well here but you don't have that situation where you are brendhan.
i can't tell the difference between fertilized and unfertilized eggs in the way they taste, but there is a big difference between factory eggs and home eggs, especially in the freshness.
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2007, 04:01:20 PM »

Love the eggs from free ranging chickens...... Never could stand those flighty old Leghorn chickens, give me a nice flock of Rhode Island Reds or Barred Rocks, These are two great dual purpose birds. If your looking for a real egg laying machine get yourself some Muscovy ducks......
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2007, 08:06:25 PM »

The Orpingtons are great, we love them and have a large flock. They are great layers and setters and make good mamas-people tend to prefer the brown eggs also if you are interested in selling but there is no nutritional diff between white and brown eggs.
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2007, 11:44:16 AM »

Yes absolutely.  My wife and I are bringing up some Rhode Island Reds and Plymouth Rocks now.  I love free range chickens that lay brown eggs.  Hopefully they will start laying in February.  Just a side note: About 14 hours of light is optimal for laying hens in the winter.   

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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2007, 10:39:53 AM »

understudy.....i had this picture of you with your truck.  back end with crates of chickens, feathers flying...as you rednecked your way down the road.  maybe a pig in with the crates?
dog drooling out the window.  gun rack in the back window.  you with your ball cap and snap down shirt.

ah....40.  great age.  it's the age where you finally decide you don't care what others think, and you will let your true self out!! evil
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2007, 05:13:41 PM »

understudy.....i had this picture of you with your truck.  back end with crates of chickens, feathers flying...as you rednecked your way down the road.  maybe a pig in with the crates?
dog drooling out the window.  gun rack in the back window.  you with your ball cap and snap down shirt.

ah....40.  great age.  it's the age where you finally decide you don't care what others think, and you will let your true self out!! evil


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No it's not quite that bad.........really.....God I hope not.
No gun rack. No baseball cap. No snap down shirt.

No pigs and you really shouldn't talk about my mother in law like that. Wink
The dog doesn't drool, thank goodness.

The chicken cages image in the back is still a bit far off.

I think the darwin fish and the FSM(Flying Spaghetti Monster) emblems on the back are a nice touch.

Sincerely,
Brendhan
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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2007, 08:29:39 PM »

Oooh, I've got the Evolve Fish, but where'd you get His Noodliness' emblem?
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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2007, 10:41:36 PM »

Oooh, I've got the Evolve Fish, but where'd you get His Noodliness' emblem?


Ramen!
http://www.venganza.org/fsm-store/

Scroll down to the car emblems. Click on the box a new page opens. Go to the second page lower right hand corner.

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Brendhan
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« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2007, 05:18:47 AM »

Oh, thank you, Brendhan, I've got to have one!  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2007, 10:50:06 AM »

My husband wants to start a church called "the Flying Spaghetti Monster" Smiley Wink Smiley.  Where on earth did that come from.  Have a wonderful and great day in this great ol' world.  Cindi
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« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2007, 11:07:32 AM »

Cindi,

For Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster,
You need to start here.
http://www.venganza.org/


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« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2007, 04:02:44 PM »

To get back on the track of chickens:

I'm toying with the idea of creating a new breed of chicken for the hobby farmer/homsteader like me.

3 things that it must include to be attractive:
1. Large size.
2. Dual purpose--egg & meat.
3. Novelity eggs.

So take a Jersey Giant, Dark Cornish, and Ameracuana and cross them to get a 10-12 lb large breasted chicken that lays colored eggs.  This is a roasting chicken as big as a small turkey.

What do you guys think?
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