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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by hellbender, Dec 27, 2013.
I agree Beer Can. I have WAY too many cockerels right now with this genetic project I'm working on. Tired of the noise, I like my quiet. I need to get back down to less than 8-12... the only thing worse is guineas. Maybe that's why I love my rabbits, sheep and cattle so much. They are quiet (except the bull when I have heifers, so I rarely keep heifers).
Just touching base. Surgery is tomorrow. I'll check in when I can.
Hope it goes well !!!!
I'll pray it goes well and you heal quickly.
I used to work in the Quarter Horse halter industry. I've had a lot of experience with HYPP. We always kept bottles of calcium on hand to IV with a small bore needle when muscle relaxers didn't work. This was back before it was called HYPP. Later we started mixing the calcium with ringers and using a large bore needle. I've never understood breeding with a chance for HH. It's basically a death sentence. But I see both sides of NH. On one hand it's a genetic nightmare. On the other, you have entire breeding programs based on these horses. Putting aside the fact that they win more often (right or wrong), banning these horses would have ruined a lot of people. I'm no longer in the horse industry. I got to where I couldn't stand how the horses were treated as a commodity. I haven't kept up with the new rules or the HYPP issues. I lost my last horse 4 years ago and will probably never have another. BTW, my mare was not Impressive bred, but some of her foals were. None were ever symptomatic.
I have a new set of chocolates in the bator. I AM looking at kinder Mates for my birds in this next grow out of offspring.. My current chocolate dances a little, but I think there is merit to this trait.
We separate our males and females before they hit puberty, and they grow out separately until breeders are chosen. While we do sometimes see this behavior while they are in their bachelor grow out pens (generally prior to starting a sparring match), it is not as common until they are allowed to be with a female - which could be as long as a couple of years before they are allowed mate. We have not had any problems with getting vigorous males that are willing to mate, so we don't feel a need to use this behavior in the breeder selection process.