might be cockerels. It's not what I was hoping for but that was the deal. My wife as a gift and a surprise ordered a dozen Hamp hens from Murray McMurray. She didn't know that there were two different lines. While raising both the German line and hatchery American line I notice a few things. The hatchery birds seem to grow and feather faster and behave much different. They patrol the brooder box looking for insects and are more aware. If there is a strange noise they all lower themselves to the floor of the box and are on alert. They jump around the box and will peck and kick your hands as you try to feed them. Visually the hatchery Hamps appear to be darker but not by a whole lot. They seem like they will be better foragers than the German Hamps. The German Hamps are closer to SOP from what I have read several times on this website. My Germans seem more docile and not skittish if a loud noise happens or if there is a dog in the yard or hawk overhead.
Wouldn't we Hamp enthusiast want the qualities I'm experiencing with the hatchery Hamps yet have the looks of the German Hamps?
Since I have extra Cockerels, should I breed them with my best hatchery hens? Do I then take offspring from that mating and breed them back to the German family of birds? Or do I not breed the two lines together at all and keep them seperate? I know there are some of you that have breed both, what are your opinions on this? Thanks ahead of time!