Jump to content

Chicken breed advice and where do you buy them from?


  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 lucy-lu

Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:16 PM

Hi,

I'm after some more chickens. We already s have 4 Ida browns.

Not sure what breed we would like though, I would like it to be a good layer, look different to isa (not brown), and a decent layer, and good to have running around the bAckyard.

Also, where in sydney can I get them from, I am in the hills area.


Thanks,

#2 melaine

Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:27 PM

I'm not a chicken expert - but our Isa Browns can be a bit cliquey when new birds are introduced so when we wanted some different chickens recently we got Australorps because they are a larger breed so would be less likely to be bullied by the Isas.

Can't help where to get them from as we are in Victoria - but we couldn't get them at point of lay because there were never any available at that age, so we got them at about ten weeks old I think.

They've settled in well, we kept them separate for a while and gradually introduced them and all has been well.

Edited by melaine, 03 January 2013 - 01:28 PM.


#3 Walkers

Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:32 PM

We had a Salmon Faverolle that was sadly taken by our dog a few nights ago. Really sweet natured and great with the kids. They are quite a large size & look gorgeous scratching around in the yard. We are not in NSW so not sure where to buy from but try looking on the net.

#4 FiveAus

Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:33 PM

We get ours from poultry auctions, you can wander around and look at the different breeds before the bidding starts and mark down the cage numbers of the ones you want to bid on. Lots of fun!
I lost all mine to foxes recently so I need to restock soon. The breeds I had were Hamburgs (silver spangled, smoke and black), silkies which were my favourites, Barnevelder, Australorp, Old English Game bantams, Speckled Sussex. Loved them all and from 12 hens I regularly got 6 eggs a day, except when they stopped laying through winter.
Check the Backyard Poultry forum for auctions near you, someone on there should be able to advise you.

#5 noi'mnot

Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:40 PM

Australorps are very hardy, and great layers. They're big chickens.

Araucanas (my favourites) are smaller, hardy and great layers.

Have a look at the leghorn varieties, as well as Rhode Island Reds, I think both of those are pretty good layers too.

And backyardpoultry is great, you'll find locals on there who can recommend where you get some more.

#6 jak'n'jil

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:59 AM

I started with Isa and Australorps about 8 yrs ago. In the past 18mths I've moved into pure breds. The main reason is that I have lost so many of the commercials I found the pure are healthier, lay far longer and have much better health and accordingly have less vet bills. I currently have 4 different age groups, my last 2- lorps are 3yrs - one has stopped laying altogether the other has her days/wks.. I have a white sussex (very hardy and great layer) good solid chook and a brown sussex who still has to come to terms with where she should lay and that she should when she needs to.. I have 2 bantams, 1 is an ancona -the size of a pigeon fully grown tries very hard to lay with a lot of noise and not much success.. the other is a silver spangled hamburg (black/white spots) and lays every day a beautiful small white egg. I also have a Road Is red hardy chooks good layers, lavender sussex which are also great layers but they are my babies atm.
You can also get pure bred 'lorps black and white now. Will see what i can find out about breeders for you. I do keep mine seperated for a mth then introduce each other under supervision for a wk til they sort themselves. I have found putting them in a cage with the others helps esp as they are on different feed for about a wk and then that's it.

#7 Mama8

Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:02 AM

http://www.barterandsons.com.au/ try these guys they have different colours but the same laying capcity as ISAs. They also freight

#8 ~sydblue~

Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:10 AM

Kellyville Pets has chooks.

#9 WaitingforZiggy

Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:19 AM

These guys are awesome: http://citychicks.com.au. They are out at Richmond.

We bought three Australorp x Isa Brown hybrids from them in February 2012. Beautiful chooks and great layers.

They also helped us out with advice and support when one of our girls was under the weather a couple of months ago.

#10 Copper and May

Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:21 AM

We found that Hyline chooks are the best layers and don't go clucky as much as the Isa Browns did. I am in Victoria, so I cannot help with where to find them.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

We can reduce gender inequality in housework – here’s how

Women shoulder the time-intensive and routine tasks - and they're also more likely to do the least enjoyable tasks like scrubbing the toilets versus washing the car.

Is it okay to reward children with food?

Does giving children food as a reward turn them into emotional eaters?

Exhausted mums share their 'sleepy selfies'

Two photos of mums have shown the world the physical impact of exhaustion in all its frazzled glory.

How to tell a million people: 'We're Having a Baby!'

Pregnancy announcement videos have become so popular they're becoming businesses all their own, with YouTube compilations, Pinterest pages and morning television segments.

The new family holiday: the maternitymoon

It's an idea that makes some people feel excited, while others shudder at the increased difficulty.

Mum's instinct busts hospital protocol

A terrifying car crash that left Danni Bett lying in hospital in a neck-brace wasn't enough to stop her from breastfeeding.

Mum shares pic of Gordon Ramsay's baby doppelganger

A Welsh couple have realised their newborn has a striking resemblance to a certain celebrity chef.

Photographer's charming photos of son's adventures with his toy truck

An adorable toddler and his toy truck in a photo series that'll melt your heart.

Do you hide your emotions from your kids?

I want my children to grow up and know it's okay to feel strong emotion and to display it. Vulnerability and imperfection do not equal weakness.

My in-laws snubbed our wedding

For your own husband's parents not to come to your wedding is an utter embarrassment.

Teenage boy has foetus removed from stomach

A teenage boy has undergone surgery to remove a foetus, complete with hair, legs, hands and genitals, removed from his stomach.

Your one-year-old is more creative than you might think

Even one-year-olds can be very exploratory, experimental and creative.

Researchers claim controlled crying 'does no harm'

The short and long term consequences of controlled crying are under the spotlight with new Australian research suggesting no harm results from the practice.

The pain of teething

If the tooth fairy takes teeth away, it must be something like a goblin who brings them in the first place.

Henry, 3, had a tummy ache. Within hours he was dead

Three-year-old Henry died in February this year, just a few hours after falling ill.

Husband shot obstetrician who saw wife naked

A Saudi man has been arrested after shooting the male obstetrician who delievered his baby because he was unhappy the doctor had seen his wife naked.

This 6-month-old just became 'the youngest water-skier'

First, baby Zyla tried her trick on cushy, beige carpet.

The bedtime bottle: will it really make your baby sleep?

How often have you been told "Just give your breastfed baby a bottle of formula at bedtime to make him sleep"? But does it work?

Why new mum Anne Hathaway cried at the gym

She might be a Hollywood superstar, but the gorgeous Anne Hathaway feels just as self-conscious as other new mums trying to get back in shape after having a baby.

An intimate story of infertility, told from a man's perspective

In a moving 3000-word Facebook post, Dan Majesky has shared a painful journey of infertility, with a big surprise at the end.

Does this photo offend you?

Facebook has come under fire after banning an ad featuring Tess Holliday, a plus-sized model, wearing a bikini.

Baby boy's birth filled with joy and sadness

It was a moment filled with joy but tinged with sadness. 

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The babies who are one in 70 million

Bethani Webb was excited to find out she was pregnant, but the first time mum did not realise she was carrying four babies not one.

Cafe offers breastfeeding mums a free cup of tea

A Sydney cafe is offering breastfeeding mums free cups of tea in a bid to show support for the right of women to nurse their babies wherever they choose.

To snip or not to snip? When the decision is not clear cut

Jamie Oliver, who considered a vasectomy, is to be a father again. A fellow dad reflects on his own decision 11 years ago

Doctors stunned by rare twins born almost six weeks apart

To everyone's surprise, Kristen Miller "kept doing better each day", keeping her second baby safe.

Baby book ideas for modern parents

Before my son was born I was given a lovely baby book full of blank pages waiting to be filled with weights and heights and first words.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

Mum tells how toddler 'nearly hung himself' in cot mishap

When Alison Johnson put her 18-month-old Caleb down for a nap, she had no reason to believe her son was in any danger.

Babies are still switched at birth? Yes, it can happen

All my panic and tears aside, my biggest question looking back is about the kind of security measures used in the maternity ward.

Doctors slammed for taking selfie with newborn

Everyone who visits a mum in hospital in the days following childbirth wants to get a photo with the new baby.

ergoPouch Twosie Sleepsuit for winter breastfeeding

Finally, there's a way to keep warm while breastfeeding through winter.

Health check: How long does sex 'normally' last?

What to do with this information? My advice would be to try not to think about it during the throes of passion.

When breastfeeding sucks: fixing common problems

From niplash to tight boobs, biting to milk supply issues, Pinky McKay looks at common breastfeeding issues and how to solve them.

10 things I've learnt in my first six months with twins

Six months on we're all still alive, and the more we get to know each other the easier the days become.

Mum's loving kiss leaves baby fighting for life

Kirsty Carrington thought nothing of giving her newborn son a kiss, little did she know it would leave the baby fighting for life.

When doing chores is your new 'me time'

After children, 'me time' looks a little different.

Get going: 14 travel strollers for families on the move

A stroller can make or break travelling with a baby or toddler. Here are 15 great single travel stroller options.

10 ways toddlers are terrific

It always pays to remind yourself of how terrific toddlers can be - they're little like this for such a short time

 

Vintage Toys

The toys of your childhood

Take a trip down memory lane with these vinage and retro toys that you may have had in your childhood or your parent's childhood.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.