Originally Posted by gjensen
If you will notice, I said could be traditional breeds and crosses.
My main interests has been two breeds. New Hamphires, and Catalanas.
My Catalana project is just that. A project. There are only a couple viable flocks in this country other than my own. That is, that I know of. If there is another, it would be a pleasant surprise. I had put a lot of effort into sourcing them and tracking where they had been, and who had them at some point along the way.
Because the other couple flocks were distantly related, and some concerning faults seamed to be fixed in my starter flock, I opted for a breed cross on the side. I am repeatedly breeding the offspring back to the original birds, and trying to fix a couple problems while doing it. A grading project. I will eventually (I hope) use this new line as an outcross for the original.
I feel like I am making progress, though I have concerns. But, there are always concerns. I will let others judge them in time. If I get them to a point where they are any good, others will recognize that. Those that knew where I started, and where I am now (or will be), can make their own judgments. These would be the most qualified to do that.
I love the New Hampshires. I have neglected them the last couple years. I hope to correct that. Again, I will let others decide whether or not I have done well with them. I hope that I have. I would not have traded them for any other flock in this country though. That is not speaking of where they should be, but where I have been, and that what is there could get me there.
Once the Catalana project is stable, I expect that I will shift my emphasis. The challenge of it appealed to me. Anyone can buy birds and keep them on the yard. Many can maintain them for a time. Very few make something out of nothing. I am trying, but it is not known yet whether or not I will be successful.
I started in this hobby experimenting with misc. It is in my nature to do that. Along the way, my interest evolved into breeding and improving actual breeds. The challenge of it appeals to me. However, I never lost my interest in breeding utility fowl. I have felt that it was a lost art that we should re learn. I have spent a lot of time trying to relearn it. I am not interested in beauty contests, but I do want a bird that represents the breed well. I do still breed them and expect them to be productive. Unproductive birds do not live long here.
What I mean by traditional simple crosses, is the simple crossing of two breeds to benefit from hybrid vigor and/or visible sex linked traits. Here in the States, that would be Reds and New Hamphires over Delaware or Barred Rocks etc. etc. If I was where you are, It would be Reds or New Hamphires over a good table strain of Light Sussex.