Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by hellbender, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. Heron's Nest Farm

    Heron's Nest Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2011
    SO I have a few breeding projects this year:

    Olive Eggers: I want to breed for egg production. These birds are typically not the best layers. So begins my journey. I am beginning with CooCoo Marans x Auracana I have ordered 15 new americanas to work with. I have one of the aforementioned crosses Roo to work with.

    Assorted breeds: I have an assortment of layers. I am giong to systematically breed my best layers with my RIR roo for lighter wieght, higher yeailing egg production. Or at least that's my attempt. Breeds that will be bread will be listed, but I am analyzing my at RIR, Black Minorca, Deleware, and Buff Orpingtons.

    I will post breeding stock pictures when I decide.

    Sooo excited!

    I will be working on preserving the SOP while striving towards egg production on my Chocolate and Gold Laced Orpingtons.

    Wish me luck and any thoughts on these breeds would be appreciated.
  2. DesertChic

    DesertChic Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 13, 2014
    Southern Arizona
    I can see from your avatar that your dogs are already begging for that meat. [​IMG]
    German Shepherd and a Sheltie?
  3. bnjrob

    bnjrob Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 31, 2008
    North TX
    I'm not familiar with the breeding practices and various breeds used to make up olive eggers, do you know why they are generally not great layers? To me, knowing more about the "why" might help with formulating a plan for improving egg production beyond the general pelvic/abdominal measuring and keeping track of who lays sooner and better.
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  4. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 5, 2013
    Yes. As chance would have it I had just made venison jerky that day and that's how they watched my every move haha
  5. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 30, 2010

    Most Olive Eggers I've seen are fairly good layers. I have Naked Necks, Easter Eggers, and various crosses and I consider them good layers. Not like Sexlinks you get from a hatchery good layers though. In the proper season they are about every other day layers with the exception of a few some every day and some about every two days. This I like as they do not lay out so quick.
  6. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

    Crested cream legbar x Crele penedsenca are very productive and the cockerels can be eaten.

    To be clear, the lay lots of eggs.
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  7. Heron's Nest Farm

    Heron's Nest Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2011
    I love all the input!

    I have yet to get eggs from this batch. I am also breeding for color. Those posts will probably go on the olive egger thread.

    I hadn't thought about using legbars. How friendly of birds are they? Temperament is also important to me.
  8. 1zooman12

    1zooman12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2013
    Hello Again, today, Ron,
    And what sized eggs does one get from your home made hybrids at maturity? Inquiring minds want to know…
    Again, my best to all,
    Neal, the Zooman
  9. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

    Hi Neal,

    I just weighed one from yesterday; it is 71G. They are big eggs for such little chickens.

    We call the Amelias after Amelia earhart because they are very good at flying.
  10. bramblefir

    bramblefir Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2014
    A few pictures from the farm today:

    Chickens doing what chickens ought to be doing - digging in the muck pile for goodies.

    The horrid little Polish cockerel on the left side is going on a dinner date in March. The SS Hamburg cockerel on the right is staying as a breeder.

    The other cockerel staying is a Black Langshan. I had two other Langshans, but this one had the widest pelvic spread as well as being heavier and feeling more solid. The other two were taller and leaner.

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