Originally Posted by Our Roost
Getting back to the hard core facts with numbers, lets keep in mind the available space some people just don't have. Not everyone has the appropriate property or space to even be talking about this concept. Flock size and manageability begins to become a serious issue when someone thinks about breeding what I call a backyard of a few chickens. Although I don't discourage any ones ambitions, its only fair to let them know what they can expect from the result of small numbers. I myself could definitely hatch out more birds, but I could not manage that amount. At one time a mentor told me to either go big or go home! In a good way, I completely understand what was meant by that.
What someone has available to them, or the resources they are willing to commit, have nothing to do with the realities that accompany breeding.
There are options for those unwilling to commit to more. They can go with bantams, or they can secure a new bird from outside more often. The problem with doing that is that it is hard to maintain steady progress when we are getting a new bird every five or six generations. This is less of a problem if they have a reliable source of good birds that will help more than hurt.
There is a breeder on the other coast that breeds the breed that I breed. She has gifted me a couple birds. If my project birds produce reasonably reliable birds breeding back to the originals this year . . . I intend to send her a pair. We are in agreement on what they need, but our birds are in different places. I have a breeder started on this coast, but I have not seen the latest birds. He is committed, but I do not know if we are on the same page or not. I intend to find out this year. If what he has is an improvement over what he had, then I will share with him once again. Then there are others that I am talking to. I do not know who I might share with or not. Not yet. The options are growing in this breed.
I say all of this to say that there are options for anyone. It is that once we go so far, and make real progress, we become reluctant to expose that progress to risk. Frankly, right now in my breed, I do not want anyone else's birds. I hope to help a few so that will change.