I purchased 25 straight run Buckeyes from Privett Hatchery late last summer. I have been keeping chickens for many years but have never really gotten into breeding them before. The sum total of my knowledge about breeding is this- put the rooster in with the hen.
Having said that, I really like the Buckeyes and would like to start breeding them so that I will always have some on hand. Not looking to show them or sell them, just want a supply for meat and a few eggs. I printed out the SOP and the photos which go with it, and will start trying to compare the birds I have on hand now with the ones in the photos, as well as the written description in an effort to winnow out the obvious worst ones.
I have several roosters with single combs- wondering if I should cull these first? Also, I think one rooster and one hen with greenish colored legs- should they go as well?
What I would like to do is to keep 2 roosters (a breeder and a spare), and as many of the hens as I can find without obvious to me) faults. I plan to spend this first year learning to use my incubators, raising meat for the table, and then see what I have when Fall rolls around. If all goes well I would then look at bringing in some additional, hopefully higher-quality birds for next year.
Would appreciate whatever advice you all can offer a rank newbie.