Originally Posted by SleepyOwl
Whatchya got that you have extra of? Don't worry, I don't need CL, mine should be laying soon. Maybe some EE?
I have EE. my barnyard layer birds all have fertile eggs. The only roosters I have with them right now are Sven an EE and Chauncey a EE?CLB cross.
I get 10-12 eggs a day from them. You can have some if you want, just let me know.
Ivie it is amazing what a rooster will do with hens!
When I put Ed into the breeding pen I was a tad worried about Blackie and whether he would step up to the plate or not. Blackie did. Then when I put Blackie in the breeding pen I worried about whether Sven or Chauncey would step up. They did!
While Sven is a better rooster than Chauncey, they are both doing the job. They are young, but doing it. I watched Sven yesterday when I fed them the table scraps, and he did that little rooster call saying, "I found Food, Girls come here I found food, can I get to 3rd base now girls"" You know the call and dance they make. I find it funny they pick up a piece of food and then kind of drop it at the hens feet... The whole time he was actually looking up for hawks and eagles I think.!
Ed it was amazingly close to what I have! He has larger buildings, but he has row after row of them. I should take Judy down there so she can see them and stop complaining about all my "little buildings". I did not get to see the parent stock. I did not ask to though. He hatches in a room off his dining room!
I told him I hatched in the dining room but had to move them to a building next season.
He asked why. I told him the state people said I needed it to get NPIP approval. He brushed that off as if they were nuts. BTW he has been hatching in the house for over 65 years.
I asked him if the eggs were washed and disinfected and he again gave me that "are you crazy look" and asked why I wanted to disinfect the eggs. Again I said because the NPIP people said I have too....
He told me they are clean, they don't need anything more. He said they go overboard on some things. Chickens have been hatching for years out of dirty eggs...
He is diminutive in size (well compared to me and my son anyways) and very unassuming. A super nice guy. I wish he was a neighbor so I could stop and have coffee with him once a week. He is so nice and what he knows would be valuable to anyone with chickens.
I asked him for a "statement of origin" for the state incase they want to audit my flock. He said, "you don't need one, just tell them you got them from me" or a neighbors rooster got loose".
He reminded me of my Grandpa, Dad or any of the old time farmers I knew growing up.