She is about 14 months. This is her first time. Yesterday she was all puffed up when she came in to eat so I think she is working on going broody. She is an English Rhoadbar from a breeder. Our temps are about 60 to 70 but her nest is always in the shade.
I have a hen that is thinking about becoming broody. She is sitting in eggs but running around partying during the day. She is still adding to her clutch daily.
I'm concerned about her setting on them during the night. Are they starting to develop at night and then dieing during the day? Is she...
I like your plans. I have the SFH (2 roosters) and CCL (1 roo and 2 pullets) but no BEL yet. I have a breeder nearby that I can pick some up from when the time is right for us. I'm excited to get to meet them (and SFH pullets).
I have a broody setting on eggs and I have noticed red mites and possibly other bugs. My first instinct is to treat with permethrin spray but how is that going to work with a broody and the eggs? Should I wait until they have hatched? Should I try to move them? Should I buy dust for the broody...
Some times I have crazy and unreasonable ideas. This may be one of them.
I have a Cukoo Orphington hen that I love she lays fantastic xl speckled eggs. She is averaging 6 eggs per week. I just love this hen.
So I was wondering what I might get out of a cross between her and one of my SFH roos...
I tried hatching 6 but only one hatched and something got ahold of it before I got to see it :rant...I will try again next year. I am actually thinking of trying to raise some to sell as pasture fryers, but that would be down the road.