Originally Posted by CanadianBuckeye
Ooooo this is an exciting project! I do hope you keep posting with the results!
I have to admit, its been a bit of a struggle trying to figure out where I can post and not make experienced people choose not to reply. I was really happy to notice this thread.
I learned about BCMs a few years ago and decided I would like to raise them for my farmgate sales. But since I'd never raised chickens, I opted to buy 30 special dual purpose birds from the hatchery to see if I could keep them alive through winter. I got the cockerels to 17 weeks and processed them, and kept the pullets alive. When I talked to a certified organic farmer friend who breeds BCMs, I explained my goal. She suggested I introduce BCM roosters to my flock and grow my own breed. She thought 3 generations and I would get what I wanted...no SoP, but really dark eggs with, hopefully, good flavor.
My goal is to supply really dark eggs to local restaurants and customers without charging what BCM eggs get. I have told every customer about my project, and would never call them BCM eggs, nor sell them for breeding...but if I make $20k in a year total, I'm making a profit, so spending the kind of money a clutch of BCM eggs cost is just out of the question. Not to mention, there are not a lot of local BCM flocks to buy from, so finding cockerels with small combs that don't get frostbitten is very rare. I figure, if I do this inbreeding, I may be able to make BCM-like cockerels who will thrive better in my environment.
Ultimately, I will have 2 separate and distinct goals. Large cockerels who can thrive through -20F weather, and layers who produce > 200 eggs/year, most of which are good dark eggs. I haven't figured out how I do both yet, so for now, I am just working on the eggs...
Edited by NTBugtraq - 2/14/16 at 12:27pm