Phil Hawkins wrote:I was at an agricultural show yesterday, and mentioned that I keep free range chickens. The person I was talking to assured me that isa brown chickens would "lay themselves to death" without bagged feed. This sounds like something invented by a feedstock company, but it seems plausible that we may have (through selective breeding) created chickens that are quite unnatural, just like cows that can die from falling over and bloating, which presumably would not have been the case 'naturally'.
Anyone know whether there's any truth to this?
Shep Wallaby wrote:Australorps all the way for me! They live for years (my oldest chook was over 10 years old and still laid the occasional egg) (oh, and 'chook' is 'chicken' in Aus.), they lay lovely big light brown eggs, they are a placid and friendly people, are not flighty at all so are real easy to contain. Their beautiful black plumage has beautiful flashes of green...so pretty. They are great foragers, too.
I never raised chicks from eggs from my girls, so cannot really comment on their mothering abilities. When I wanted new bought in chicks mothered, I put them with my bantam rooster (fluffy feet type), he was the best mum ever!