Hi Frosty,No experience with them but I wanted to check in and say hello.
I looked up those birds online since I never seen them. Are you trying these birds for the color of their eggs? I see the Welsumers have a reddish-brown egg. The Cuckoo Marans remind me of my old Wyandottes, but those chocolate brown eggs are stunning!
I've been chicken-free since moving to Maine a year ago but I'm settled now and a new batch of Chantecler's will arrive next month. I miss letting the birds have the run of the yard of a summer evening while I sit on a lawn chair with a glass of wine and having the odd hen jump up to sit on my lap to watch its siblings.
Simple pleasures for the price of chicken-feed.
Hi Wayne! Yes, I am going for the egg color... I ordered Welsummers, Cuckoo Marans, leghorns, Orpingtons, and Americaunas. So should have chocolate brown, terracotta, white, brown, and green eggs. Should look beautiful (in my opinion!). Also threw in an order for a few Black East Indie ducklings... They called the other day, should be shipped in about 2 weeks!!! Yeah!!! I am having serious cravings for baby birds. What are the Chantecler's like? Are those the ones that roar?
The ones in catalogs are listed as Ameraucanas (never can spell that right!), but very likely are what is termed 'Easter Eggers'. They used to list them as Araucanas, but the folks that raise the true Araucanas fought to get them to change. If I understand correctly, the Ameraucanas and 'Easter Eggers' do have Araucana in their background, but have been crossed with standard chicken varieties. Araucanas are not very hardy, aren't very good layers, and are not as reliable to hatch, which contributes to their rarity. The folks that do raise the true Araucana are fanatical about them, and get upset when the crosses are referred to as Araucanas (I don't blame them). The true Araucanas are also usually 'rumpless'. They don't have a tail.
That all being said, I have raised what the catalogs call Ameraucana for at least the last 6 or 7 years, and I love them. They don't lay as well as the leghorns or orpingtons, but are beautiful chickens, pretty good temperaments, and the eggs that they do lay look beautiful with the other eggs. I usually have 5 or 10 added in when I order replacement layers. I don't know how the temperament would be with the roosters, though... I hatched out some eggs for a friend, and some were Ameraucana crossed with my Buff Orpington rooster. Buff Orpingtons are wonderful, mellow birds and I never had any problems with them - hens and roosters alike. One of the crosses was a rooster and he was mean! That had to have come from something in the Ameraucana's background... would be interesting to find what all is there!
Shirley in ND
After Wayne mentioned them, I looked up the Chantecler... they have quite the mix in them, don't they? I am also partial to the Speckled Sussex. They are a heritage variety, beautiful and also very mellow. When I was little, my parents would get chickens and I loved taking care of them. Then I was chicken free until I moved here 15 years ago and a friend gave me some Barred Rocks. I won't raise those again, they can be some mean birds, too! A tornado took down part of the hen house so a bunch were loose and the roo's chased the kids around trying to attack them.
Just be very careful... this can be an addictive hobby!
Does anyone have experience with Welsummers or Cuckoo Marans? I just ordered some and was wondering what to expect for temperaments...
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