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wooliespinner
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Linda
Manchester Ohio
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Posted - Apr 25 2013 :  07:23:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I purchased some new laying hens this year and they are a week old. I got a couple of Dixie Rainbow chicks with my auracanas, new hamps, and some brahmas. The Dixie's were described by MtHealthy Hatchery as colorful laying hens.

After a week of having the chicks the Dixie's are growing like meat chickens and are very aggressive.They are trying to flog the other chicks constantly. I have never seen chicks at a week old act this way.
I am taking them back today to trade them in for a few Rhodies. I did some research on the internet and many of the hatcheries are selling them as meat birds similar to the freedom rangers. I didn't want to have meat chickens to butcher because of my hand surgery. All I know is these birds are growing fast and have thick legs. I wonder why they are promoting them as laying hens.I am sure they lay but would not think as well as a normal laying hen.

Anyone ever buy any of these Dixie Rainbow chickens. I first seen them advertised last year. Just was curious if any of you farmgirls had purchased any of these and your thoughts on them. Thanks.

Linda

Raspberry Run Farm
Nubian Dairy Goats

crittergranny
True Blue Farmgirl

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Laura
Lindrith NM
USA
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Posted - Apr 25 2013 :  1:11:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I haven't but good to know Linda. I don't like aggressive chickens. If they are game it's not so bad because they have a purpose for the aggressiveness, but just plain mean chickens...bleck. I have purchased marans that are sort of aggressive and the rooster got mean later. But the hens were ok, but not anywhere near as docile as many of my other birds.
Laura

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msdoolittle
True Blue Farmgirl

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Amanda
Jacksonville Texas
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Posted - Apr 25 2013 :  1:14:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have never heard of them, but just doing some really quick research, it appears as though they are being marketed as a dual purpose bird. When things are dual purpose, it tends to mean that they are not spectacular in either arena (either egg or meat), so I'd personally pick something else, too. The growth rate on the chicks I see online looks almost as astronomical as a broiler, and I wouldn't like them in with my layers, either. They have very 'Cornish' looking heads and legs. I'd have to pass on that.

I am trying out Australorps this year and Salmon Faverolles. Both are supposed to have a high lay rate, so we will see! :0)

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wooliespinner
True Blue Farmgirl

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Linda
Manchester Ohio
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Posted - Apr 25 2013 :  2:32:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a couple of Salmon Faverolles and they have funny feet( extra toes) and personalities.They talk to me in a way the other breeds have not. I affectionaly call the one Frenchie. And when she lays an egg she sounds like the Joker laughing. Thats the nickname I gave her. I have had family over and she will be carring on after laying an egg and they always ask is that a chicken.....never heard your chickens sounds like that before. I think you will like them they sure have a unique personality. Australorps are very gentle and lay a light brown eggs. I like them alot too.

I thought the heads on the Dixie Rainbows looked a bit like a cornish too. Tomorrow the new chicks come in they didn't make it today and I am going to trade them in tomorrow. It will nice to get those little floggers outta here. I have raised all kinds of chickens this is one I will not try again.As I set here and type I can hear them being little meanies.

Linda

Raspberry Run Farm
Nubian Dairy Goats

Edited by - wooliespinner on Apr 25 2013 2:32:46 PM
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kristin sherrill
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kristin
chickamauga ga
USA
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Posted - Apr 25 2013 :  6:02:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Linda, I've never even heard of them before. I hope you can get what you want. You sure don't need to have to worry about butchering chickens.

Kris

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crittergranny
True Blue Farmgirl

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Laura
Lindrith NM
USA
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Posted - Apr 25 2013 :  7:07:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like australorps too.
Laura

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wooliespinner
True Blue Farmgirl

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Linda
Manchester Ohio
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Posted - Apr 26 2013 :  10:18:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well just got back from the feed store. I took the 2 meanies back and he could not believe how big they were. He thought they looked like meat chickens too.
I came home with 3 Rhode Island Red hens. They looked very small compared to the day old chicks from last week. They ended up being in shippment 1 day longer than usual. I think it was hard on them. One of the little chicks I picked out was not acting very well. I hope she will improve now that she is here.They all drank and ate a little and now are napping.

Relieved to have the meanies gone.I know the other chicks are glad too.Hopefully it will be all calm from here on out.

Linda

Raspberry Run Farm
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crittergranny
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Laura
Lindrith NM
USA
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Posted - Apr 27 2013 :  10:03:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sounds like everyone will be happier..lol.
Laura

Horse poor in the boonies.
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