I found out tonight that month old Legbars can jump, fly and run like pheasants! A couple got loose in the basement. At least it wasn't as bad as the quail escapees we had once.
Judging from what my customers want, 2015 is the year of the dark egg layers. Everyone wants on the waiting list for either Welsummers or Marans. If you've got the ability to produce chicks of either one, better start up those incubators.
The cold weather has really put the hurt on egg production, most the breeds are laying at 50% or less, the sole exception being the Rhodebars, they just keep on going. By far the best layers in this cold snap. Many thanks to wingstone for my original stock. Now, if only they would hatch 50% female, This last hatch I set about 50 eggs and got 42 chicks, only 15 are pullets. Maybe next week the hatch will even thing out.