Purchased our fresian (Jess) at two days old she is very entertaining always looking for food, if we leave our back doors or windows open she along with our appenzeller (lilli) break in and raid our dogs bowl! They can fly extremely well but have never attempted to leave our garden. I would recommend this breed for adults and older childen but not suitable as a pet for young children, our ten year old daughter recently got a little to close and Jess pecked her eyelid. Jess came into lay in December at seven months old and lays approx five lovely white eggs a week.
These birds are. "Birds with a character". If you have ever owned any - you will be for ever attached to them. Although nimble on their feet and flightly, they show great intelligence and curiosity. They follow you around, fly up to the coops you are cleaning to see what you are up to and and are great to hand feed. They create very little mess in their coops, eat little and very fox friendly. By Fox friendly I mean - they can avoid the fox by flying out of their reach. I keep a few breed lines and let them all out together, the cockerels are like naughty boys playing together - no bickering at all - between hens or cockerels. They are quite vocal birds - so dont expect a cockerel to be quiet just because its small!
Never having kept chickens before I chose this breed as they attractive and not as big as some breeds. Every day is a delight with my posh chicks. They were a bit skittish at it first but were soon bribed with mealworms treats. They are not laying yet as they re only 16 weeks old to be honest I don't care if they don't. I can't wait to get home each day they are a great stress relief. As pets they are perfect, I have hours of fun watching them running around the garden and chasing the resident robin who is making he most free meals on offer.
I ended up with a hatch of 7 boys and two girls last year! But try as I might could not source further birds to pair my boys off too or a unrelated husband for my girls. The boys were super fun and very entertaining, got on fine with my mixed flock of big hens but since no one wanted boys we had to hard cull and then managed to rehome two boys with some one who just wanted pretty, hen friendly cockerals with their big hens.
So now since the breed seems stilted in this country I'm in the process of bringing in new strains from Holland to finally get new wives for my remaining boy and a husband for the girls.
Along the way I'm bringing in a diferent colour in the bantam variety: The official weights for the breeds are :
Rooster large: 1400 - 1600 gram
hen large: 1200 - 1400 gram
rooster bantam: 700 - 800 gram
hen bantam: 600 - 700 gram
I have one Friesian and two at 6 weeks old to join her. The oldest is among 14 large hens and holds her own well, able to get out of trouble when necessary. She can squeeze under the garden gate but once she is in the garden, she does not cause such destruction as her fellow hens. She is quite a wild little hen and definitely not tame, despite being handled frequently as a youngster. She started laying quite early, eggs slightly smaller than a small egg and pure white which she produces almost 6 days out of 7. I can recommend Friesians highly both as a decorative and as an egg producer but I would not say that she was suitable as a pet for children.
I have got a trio of friesians, the cockerel came by accident as a day old chick but he was always very inquisitive from young. They loved being in the garden until i moved in some new nest pots in their shed. One went walkabout to show her disgust but came home after she had laid somewhere! They are so pretty and need to know everything. Babies soon!
I have two hens, they are such fun little chickens. Providing you put the time in with them when they are young they are really friendly they follow me around like little dogs ! I have not had problems with flightiness, they are easily contained within poultry netting. They are such pretty little birds and their egg production is amazing they have been laying all winter at least 4-5 eggs a week, the eggs are a reasonable size too. The only problem is it seems quite hard to find a breeder. I got mine from the Wernlas collection just before they retired,
i used to have two friesain hens were hardy but when into moult alot and didn't lay so well.
l have 3 Friesian bantams at 7 weeks old.The male is very friendly and will eat worms and slugs out of your hand.The 2 females are quite timid but will come round.
I have a flock of Friesian's which I have hand reared from day-old. The breeds' friendliness depends on how much time you're willing to spend with them. The cockerels are truly magnificent birds and will let you close but holding them after about 16 weeks is impossible. Hens are some of the friendliest and most inquisitive, given that they are given a lot of attention and treats. Their egg production is brilliant. p.s. cockerels are much more susceptible to roosting in trees/ bushes etc.