Wyandottes

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    Hi Everyone,
    I've currently got two Warrens for eggs and last year I kept three different varieties for eating (these were bought at 6 weeks and kept till about 14 weeks). The hens have free roam of the garden but I kept the chickens enclosed in the pen which is about 20m x 20M. When the Warrens go I'm thinking of buying a trio of Wyandottes and raising chicks for eating. An ideal situation would be to eat the eggs until a hen goes broody then let her hatch a brood which I could raise for the table. Would Wyandottes be a good choice for dual purpose?
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    They are a medium sized bird and can be used as dual purpose. My personal preference would be a Sussex for dual purpose.

    I have the bantam variety of Wyandottes, so, in my case, they are for eggs only :heehee: (and the dark one is one very broody girl who much prefers to sit on eggs than lay them :doh:)
     
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    No, not much eating on a bantam I would have thought. Sussex is what my head says too but the Wyandottes looks so beautiful...
     
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      All the more reason not to get them ... makes it harder when the time comes ;)
       
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      True - unlike the bare necked Transylvanians no problem seeing the back of them! Never had a rooster before - I'm supposing it's the luck of the draw re temperament/noise level.
       
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      :roflol: :roflol::roflol:

      Re: rooster, they are *all* noisy and they are *all* on the protective side (it's their job, after all). And don't be fooled into thinking they only crow in the morning :nonofinger: *any* time of day, or night, or whenever takes their fancy. Also, do *not* be conned into believing that if you put them in a box, with the lid shut, a blanket thrown over it and it a dark, dark room so not even a chink of light can get in that they will just quietly settle down? Think again! ;)

      I had one - once! If I lived far, far away, with no neighbours, I would have one again. Otherwise, not.
       

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