Originally Posted by Our Roost
Some are actually using hatchery heritage breeds. Trust that I am not quoting anyone specific or trying to be judge mental. To me its all great excitement!
Heheheh ... I am the one committing that awful heresy! This is the one thread where I expound on that - other threads I'm not so up-front and in-yer-face on the subject ... but some dual purpose breeds managed to get split into two subbreeds of a sort. The hatchery stock lays (perhaps a bit too well for the big picture) but lost size and in some cases even shape (as in, type!). Breeder stock has the size and shape, but too many lines lost the egg production, either frequency of laying or egg size or both. Another thing some breeder lines lost is rate of growth. Angela (neapolitancrazy) has some old Wyandotte literature that heavily criticizes breeders of a century ago for sacrificing growth rate for overall size, stating a Wyandotte cull cockerel ought to make a decent meal at five months old.
As for the current status of my "mad scientist experiment" here with the GLWs, I will be sorting out the October hatch pullets, and keeping the best four. Turns out I only have four cockerels total in that bunch. One (Bigfoot) I am growing out, two are already spoken for along with an extra Silkie cockerel, and one will be dinner here in the near future. Right now, Bigfoot still resembles a gold-laced ostrich. His shanks and legs now fit his feet (for now at least) but the rest of him hasn't quite grown enough to balance that out. One of the big things I will be evaluating the pullets on will be width through the hips. Saturday, I'll take the ten who don't make the grade up to the farm swap in the TSC parking lot, and if I have any left by lunch , those will go through the livestock auction. The lady I am buying my goat from is rather eager to see this group of pullets.