I'm gonna write about all my chicken breeding experiments here. You can follow along and comment if you'd like. I picked a few purebred and mixed breed chickens to start with and am now starting to breed them towards these goals.
*Fairly good winter layer
*Lays at least 3-4 eggs per week average for the whole year
*Four month old rooster dress out to 4+ pounds
*Will hatch out chicks every year with high survival rates
*Pea combs (big combs get frost bitten)
*Able to forage for most of their food during warmer months
These are the breeds I currently am working with:
*One mixed breed hen & her offspring
And now my plans as far as what age to butcher roosters, what age to butcher old hens, how many hens to keep, how many roosters to keep, and how many pullets to keep each year:
*Young roosters butchered at 4 months old
*Old hens butchered in September, going into their third fall (this may change if the hens are still laying really well)
*Keep 11 hens that are going into their second fall
*Keep 3 roosters for breeding
*Keeps 11 pullets each spring
These are all tentative plans and may change at any time. I will work on adding pictures and info on my current flock and breeding plans for spring 2016.