@bantiesrule is there any magical number of roo's you can keep? I have 22 chicks and at this time I am estimating I have 7 definite roo's so far? (and you know there will be more...it's inevitable) Can that large of a number get along? I just don't know how I am supposed to choose who I cull
I love what Banties said below: You'll figure it out. Everybody is different. Alot of broodermate roos will get along great. What happens though is the hens suffer to bare backs with the boys competing. You'll need to watch your flock and make those tough decisions as they come. My first roo cull was not a tough call to make though. oooch he was aggressive with the hens. They Hated him completely. He was timid of us...not aggressive to us...just to his flock mates. Fighting Roger. Etc. So he went bye-bye. The other little bantam was great but he just made Roger overmate the hens. Poor girls -- no feathers for 6 months until their first molt replenished them. Beginner lessons.
I have an old established patch of winter onions. I love them but am real stingy on eating them. I want it to get bigger....BUT others here give my onions away to relatives, that I would just as soon not give anything too......
They are more of a green onion than a bulb type onion. I have a 16x16 onion patch. it has winter onions and Walla Walla's in it.
Hey!-- my old garden is full of weeds but the onions that looked like a no show last year came up this spring!!! So will let them go and see what happens.
No if all you want is eggs that's fine. Hatcheries actually will buy from breeders to update their stock at times. The more popular breeds and the production breeds however run into ovary type issues from being 'bred to lay' meaning that is probably the only trait they are selecting breeding stock for. And what happens is that your favorite hen that is 2 years old and sort of a pet is spent and not laying eggs any more...or she has developed fallopian infections that block eggs from coming down the tube and then drop into her abdomen (egg yolk peritonitis) or ovarian cancers. The latter two are not nice and there is only one way for these birds and that's an axe at 2. I tend to like having my girls around for a bit longer, in my own personal style of raising birds. I have a hatchery mutt wyandotte who is 4 still giving me eggs (not like she used to) but she is a lead character in my flock and she has a place there. She is more of an exception to the norm. What Jerry says below is correct. But it's usually a two-year deal with more popular breeds. I've found that the more exotics or maybe less popular have longevity in laying.
Jerry my Poppies are blooming. Wild strawberries with blooms on them. Turtles are crossing the highways. and June bugs are starting.