BREEDING FOR PRODUCTION...EGGS AND OR MEAT.

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

  1. gjensen

    gjensen Overrun With Chickens

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    I realized that you were not. You have great birds. I only thought to 8 months in the middle of Feb. is 6 months in the middle of December. The shortest days of the year.
     
  2. jbkirk

    jbkirk A Learning Breeder

    So would 1/4" deep and 1/4" wide be good?
    I'm having chicks hatch tomorrow so need to get this info.[​IMG]
    Thanks MK
     
  3. Dead Rabbit

    Dead Rabbit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure that would work. But to be honest I never could get it to be that neat and precise. I found it easier to just take the entire web out from toe to toe all the way back to the V of the toes.

    First few will be difficult and cumbersome. But you will get the hang of it. Day old the skin is real thin and will roll somewhat when cutting proving it more difficult. At a couple days old the skin is thicker and easier to cut....if that makes sence. But the chick is stronger harder to hold. Cause you have to hold chick and with two fingers of same hand keep thei little leg extended. Toes spread and use scissors with opposite hand.
    If you have help it will be so much easier and quicker
     
  4. Dead Rabbit

    Dead Rabbit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Realize there is a hint of blood and the chick will protest but I've never ever had any have any problems from this procedure. That's with hen raising with chick on dirt. Orr with raising in brooder box on hardware cloth it heals in a couple days

    With taking entire web out there is no regrowth of the skin. And u can see their markings clearer from a short distance. With punching or tiny notch you have risk of either re growth or even not clearly identifying the bird.
    If you free range your fowl and they are somewhat wild or feral you will never be able to identify them up close cause you will never get within a dz feet of them till they are caught
     
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  5. jbkirk

    jbkirk A Learning Breeder

    No thankfully only like one is free range because it is always getting out!!!!
     
  6. Dead Rabbit

    Dead Rabbit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For a small operation u may want to consider colored bandettes. Notching and punching is a good method for a breeder that keeps large numbers and raises large number of fowl. Where there are many lines of a single family of fowl. Especially with free ranging fowl. That you won't put hands on again after turning loose for a number of months.

    I would suggest colored bandettes and just change them a couple times as they grow. After culling till they are to point of lay then use wing bands for your potential brood fowl
     
  7. DesertChic

    DesertChic Overrun With Chickens

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    For what it's worth, thank you for your service, and I'm glad you made it back safely.
     
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  8. Dead Rabbit

    Dead Rabbit Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. hellbender

    hellbender Overrun With Chickens

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    I've tried to ignore this but I just can. You mention that the fermented feed cuts cost and I know it does ....but at what trade-off?

    I tried a group of youngsters on FF last year and it's true, they don't eat nearly as much as my other birds did. However, the birds fed FF essentially failed to thrive. I'm glad I started them out right for the first two months because I feel that some of them might not have made it.

    So...I can say I tried it but I'll never do it again.

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    For anyone who is interested: Daughter has agreed to take some pics of her hybrid chicks when they feather out a bit more. One of them in not Naked Necked, but that's fine and dandy. I think it's going to be a nice big pullet. These are all big hefty chicks...just what I had hoped for.

    Jason took a few pics of the farm that he asked me to post so here they are. It's still pretty cool here (about 22* F) but the sun is beautiful! Supposed to get down to negative 7*F tonight/early tomorrow morning. None of these are of any significant meaning or importance...he just liked what he saw, I guess. lol

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  10. jbkirk

    jbkirk A Learning Breeder

    With me I have a increase in egg production and the young ones that i have right now are eating a tray full of food every day while last year at the same age they would just pick around in the same only unfermented food.[​IMG]
     
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