After a day of howling with joy, its back to the chickens!
Now that we have been so successful in getting up an running, it is getting time to focus.
I hope to get the breeds going that I have (plus those with **, yet to hatch or have sufficient numbers), develop them and see what does best - then trim down to a maximum of 9 Large Fowl breeds.
Silver Penciled Rocks
BBS Jersey Giants
Rhode Island Reds
Swedish Flower Hens**
Black Copper Marans
White Faced Spanish**
And banties that with chicken math - dont really count
Banty Barred Rocks
Old English Game**
And then there are the pretty ones
White Crested Black Polish
I have 11 breeder coops and two that can be used as "holding tanks"/eating eggs and a huge grow out pen with run. I will not build any more coops.
The quail are slowly picking up production. I will vent sex them next trip. We have a lot of males that need to be transfered to the small white coop.
The Chukar are proving to be more trouble than they are worth. They have a defined breeding season and I am not sure I want to feed birds that are so unproductive.
Guineas are starting to kick in well with laying - another bird with a breeding season - but at least they are dual purpose (good eating and bug eaters). From the nine girls we are up to 3-4 eggs per day. We set 18 on Wednesday. Once we get 60 eggs in the bator I will let the Guineas try hatching their own. The new generation will be raised with the free range birds - we shall see how long they hang around.
Turkeys - the project has just begun.
Ducks - 4 Pekin ducklings so far. I would like a few more breeders. Then there are the elusive Rouens.
Scovies - Since we put two in the sausage stuffer, we have no had a single egg. I may just put all of them in the fridge.
Geese - I need
Peafowl - I want
Edited by ozexpat - 4/16/14 at 11:07pm