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Featured Stories on BackYard Chickenspost #11572 of 117105/2/16 at 11:56ampost #11573 of 117105/6/16 at 6:16am
We bought 15 GLW a month ago. I *think* I have 2 roos out of the bunch, though I only ordered 1. I'd like to breed them. Here's one of them. They are just 4 weeks. I need to get a better, profile picture.RSL, Buffs, RIR, Amber Rocks and GLWs. Three turkeys getting ready for Thanksgiving. One GLW Rooster crowing over them all.post #11574 of 117105/6/16 at 7:32amWyandottes are fairly slow maturing breed, you will start to get an idea of quality of your birds by the time they are 4-5month old.
The males are at their best by the time they are about year to 18 month old.In search of the perfect Columbian Wyandotte and enjoying the challenge.In search of the perfect Columbian Wyandotte and enjoying the challenge.post #11575 of 117105/8/16 at 1:21pm
Trying to get decent quality jubilee bleu Wyandotte bantams. This year I'm starting to come close. As they mature, they start showing some potential.
3 hens (only one of them is a true blue jubilee, the two others are split for the mottled gene)post #11576 of 117105/9/16 at 5:10am
Lovely! How do you breed? Are you breeding father to daughter or mother to son or do you have two or three separate pairs? I'm not educated AT ALL in chicken breeding but this is how we breed turkeys, so please don't be offended if I'm waaaay off base.RSL, Buffs, RIR, Amber Rocks and GLWs. Three turkeys getting ready for Thanksgiving. One GLW Rooster crowing over them all.post #11577 of 117105/9/16 at 6:30amQuote:
Actually these are F2 from two separate strains.
I started by putting a jubilee rooster together with a splash hen and a blue laced golden hen.
From both crossings I kept the best F1 pullets and this year they were put together with a different jubilee rooster (not related).
Now the blue F2 pullets will go with a non related jubilee rooster, the best blue F2 cockerel will be paired with non related hens.
F1 x different rooster
Rooster that will be used next year
I might even use an Ancona bantam to check if I can improve their markings (they are quickly turning out to be too white)post #11578 of 117105/10/16 at 5:11am
Wow, what a process! Do you keep each generation separated in pens/coops to prevent breeding?RSL, Buffs, RIR, Amber Rocks and GLWs. Three turkeys getting ready for Thanksgiving. One GLW Rooster crowing over them all.post #11579 of 117105/12/16 at 3:31amQuote:
I might hold on to the F1 hens a little longer, but the original breeders (splash hens and blue laced gold) are already gone to different breeders.
When it comes to pens, I might consider a new organization... I'll need more pens on the same space but still want to give the animals enough space to do their thing.
From the first hatch, there are 4 roosters and 6 hens that made it through the last selection round.
The idea now is to put the blue pullets together with a pure jubilee rooster and one of the blue cockerels will be put together with pure jubilee hens.post #11580 of 117105/13/16 at 7:06pm
We just put our 6 week old (they will be 6 weeks old on Monday) GLW pullets outside in our "meet and greet" coop so they can be face to face with the rest of our flock without getting the snot kicked out of them. They were SO happy to run around and scratch! At sundown, we called "In The Coooooop!" and all the big girls came in from the yard and went into their coop but the pullets were clueless so we took each one, told them "In The COOOOOOP!" and put them into the secondary coop and then closed the door. All 15 of them will be snug for the night in a 3x4x6 coop.
This is how we've done it for several generations of chickens now and it's worked very well. I hope it continues to work well.
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