Originally Posted by 5Gr8tKids
Dotty the SLW cockerel
Sunny the white Wyandotte
These two have had crazy wattle growth in the past couple days.
Stripey - slw pullet - notice the poor lacing. Do you recall when yours started getting the nicely laced feathers?
Harry Potter - I fear this one seals his fate. I read somewhere that 3 rows = boy on the pea comb.
Any suggestions on which might make the best chicks with my hens? Hens will all be RIR, isa Brown or the one slw.
Cockerel choices white giant, slw, buff orp, white Wyandotte, light brahma.
Dotty and Sunny are cockerels. Stripey will not have lacing ever. She is penciled, and with that single comb, I doubt she's a Wyandotte at all.
White Giants are recessive white, so that boy will produce solid black chicks, boys may develop some 'leakage' as they mature. The Buff Orpington will produce a wide range of red to gold chicks, and when bred to a silver hen, the chicks will be sexlinked. The White Wyandotte will produce mostly white chicks. SLW and Light Brahma will produce mostly black and white chicks, with varying patterns. From an egg production standpoint, the Wyandottes or Orpington are the best choices. Brahmas can be fairly poor layers, and that may pass on.
But most import when choosing a cockerel to keep for breeding is temperament. Do not keep the one that stands his ground or pecks at you. Pick the one that gives you the widest berth. It's a sign of respect, and a respectful cockerel is one that isn't likely to turn nasty on you.