BREEDING FOR PRODUCTION...EGGS AND OR MEAT.

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

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    Call me uneducated, but why would you toe punch?
     
  2. jbkirk

    jbkirk A Learning Breeder

    Too permanently mark birds. There's no hassle with leg bands or such, and there's 16 different combinations you can use and have them all different.
     
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  3. dfr1973

    dfr1973 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Caponizing is castrating a male chicken. Without the testosterone, the meat doesn't toughen up, they aren't aggressive - there is even stories of them rearing chicks - and they don't crow. That is, as long as it's a full capon, and not a "slip" where enough tissue was missed and begins releasing hormones.

    I totally grok the idea that happy chickens taste better, and lay better eggs.
     
  4. southernmomma

    southernmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just did this for the first time and it seems to be much like getting your ears pierced. No real bleeding....obviously hurts but they got over it very quickly. I used small scissors and slit the web versus punching a hole as I'd read accounts of the hole getting filled with debris. They were 3 weeks old; I don't know that it makes a difference to when you do it but I would think the younger/smaller the chick the easier it is to physically handle them. I was nervous as all get out but it went relatively smoothly and the next day there were no hurt feelings [​IMG]

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  5. southernmomma

    southernmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. jbkirk

    jbkirk A Learning Breeder

  7. Heron's Nest Farm

    Heron's Nest Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OH. I have too many birds for this! I like banding. I really don't do it until after a bit of grow out, so it's not much hassle. And I only band layers on every other rotation. That way I know who is heading out. I trap nest some and band them as layers for breeding. Those get the long luxurious life. I often let them stay on well past any function because I am bonded to them. Iknow this doesn't make business sense, but it is my nature. [​IMG]

    Let's talk marking systems. How are each of you tracking breeders?

    I band breeding stock. Each band has a folder with notes in it. Some of these get named and some just have numbers. Each breed has a different color folder (I buy pretty ones!). What can I say; I work for my husband who is a attorney! Filing is my thing!
     
  8. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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  9. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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  10. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    Bacon is a substitute for salt pork in recipes.
     

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