Hello! Since I've started raising chickens, I never really thought about breeding them so I always just got whatever was available at the feed store. Now I have a mixed flock, a Faverolle rooster, a bunch of Easter Eggers (which were sold to me as Ameraucanas :/ ), a Barred Rock, a Plymouth Rock, Gold Laced Wyandotte, and a bunch of their offspring (25 total).
I would like to get into hatching and selling chicks but I know having full breeds, sex links, or specific combinations would be much easier to sell. So my question would be, does anyone out there breed chickens with a mixed, free range flock? I know it's kind of silly but I was hoping someone would have a solution that I haven't thought of. I won't put them in pens just to breed, so that is out.
Right now (unless I get any better ideas) is to get some real Ameraucanas so that I can breed Favacaunas. I'm hoping I will be able to tell their eggs apart from the existing Easter Eggers, but at the very least I should be able to tell their chicks apart. Gradually I'll phase out my Easter Eggers, or if I can tell them apart I will just sell them for cheaper.
I might also try to get some faverolle hens so I can breed them with the rooster I have. I really don't think I'll be able to tell their eggs from the other brown laying hens I have now though. The barred rock chicks will be super easy to tell apart though and they are sex links. Haven't successfully hatched any of the others though (maybe bad genetic combination, they all were late quitters).
So any ideas on maybe encouraging them to lay in separate areas, or if there is a distance I could keep two flocks apart to discourage certain roosters from breeding certain hens? I am about to acquire an additional 5 acres next to my property, so I will have 9 total.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Also, if anyone has Ameraucana or Faverolle eggs they are willing to sell, that would be great too!! Thanks!