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Bebo



Joined: 21 May 2007
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Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 11 1:53 pm    Post subject: What Breed?  Reply with quote    

Thinking about getting rid of my Silver Sussex. They aren't as popular as the other colours. They go for much less at auction and we don't sell anywhere near as many hatching eggs.

If I stop breeding them I'll have a spare pen for something else. Any suggestions on a non-Sussex breed that would be worthwhile?

farmershort



Joined: 17 Nov 2010
Posts: 124
Location: Hampshire
PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 11 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wyandottes always seem to go for good money at melton... and those ones which have the blue eggs...

or buff orpington perhaps?

chicken feed



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 11 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

RIR you can then cross them with L/S so have a pen that can produce pure or x

or were you thinking away from the utility breeds, some colours of the pekins always make good money for hatching eggs and birds, as do some of the hard feathered birds.

SandraR



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 2346
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 11 2:32 pm    Post subject: Re: What Breed? Reply with quote    

Bebo wrote:
Thinking about getting rid of my Silver Sussex. They aren't as popular as the other colours. They go for much less at auction and we don't sell anywhere near as many hatching eggs.


It's a shame they aren't popular. The chicks I hatched from you are fantastic, really strong and spirited and feathering up fast. My husband couldn't believe they were only two weeks.

kirstyfern



Joined: 03 Jan 2010
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Location: Great Dunmow, Essex
PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 11 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Have you got speckled sussex? red sussex?
for eggs try barred rocks,
for 'pet appeal' cream legbar / araucana / pekin bantams / orpingtons

girlracer265



Joined: 30 Jan 2010
Posts: 292
Location: brent knoll, somerset
PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 11 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wyandottes always seem to make good money
RIR'S
french wheaton marans seem in very short supply
auracanas always seem popular
good luck whatever you decide

Bebo



Joined: 21 May 2007
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Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 11 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

kirstyfern wrote:
Have you got speckled sussex? red sussex?


Light (or I did until the badger ate them, but I've got more growing on), Buff, Speckled and Silver Sussex. I have considered Red but they ain't easy to get hold of.

Don't fancy bantams. RIR are few and far between round here and I think they are pretty boring to look at thb. I'll have a look into Wyandottes, but not sure I want septic tanks around the place.

Bebo



Joined: 21 May 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 11 3:24 pm    Post subject: Re: What Breed? Reply with quote    

SandraR wrote:
Bebo wrote:
Thinking about getting rid of my Silver Sussex. They aren't as popular as the other colours. They go for much less at auction and we don't sell anywhere near as many hatching eggs.


It's a shame they aren't popular. The chicks I hatched from you are fantastic, really strong and spirited and feathering up fast. My husband couldn't believe they were only two weeks.


Stroppy little gits aren't they? And they grow quick. This time of year they do fine off heat at 4 weeks.

SandraR



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 2346
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 11 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

On fine days mine have been outside without heat during the day and in the shed with heat at night, even on cooler days they have had the heat off in the shed for a while during the day.

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 11 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Kick in with the Welsummers like I've just done. They'll also produce sex linked chicks when crossed with Light Sussex.

SandraR



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
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Location: Devon
PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 11 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can't beat Welsummers

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