Breeding Project Spring 2014

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by luvmypets, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. luvmypets

    luvmypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello to all. I am so excited to announce my plan for spring. Our first chick has passed and the days are getting colder and colder. So I am starting a breeding project with Buff Orphingtons.
    Where I live winters are extremely cold and I do not want to risk losing a chick. So this spring I will be getting an incubator so I can hatch eggs. Currently we have a lovely pair, Gold, and Sunny.
    Sunny hasn't is almost laying, and Gold's spurs are coming in. Gold is sweet as Sugar unless your a dog. If you pick him up and rock him in your arms he falls asleep. Sunny is shy but warming up, and I can feed both of them out of my hand.
    This is a first time effort, and I will be purchasing more Buff's for different genetics.
    I can't wait to do a hatch along in March. So guys I hope you join.

    luvmypets
    [​IMG] R.I.P. Butters (Cancer)
     
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  2. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    Nice project! I have a blue andelusian male and a blue americana male to mix with my many hens. looking to make more blue chicks of some sort.
     
  3. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Overrun With Chickens

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    Congrats on your new project! I obtained some LF Lakenvelders from master breeder Duane Urch this past weekend, am looking forward to working with this heritage breed.
     
  4. luvmypets

    luvmypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish we could have more roosters [​IMG] We currently have four. Gold and sunny (Buff Orphington) are living in a cage together. Our main roo Pretty Boy (Phoenix) has all the girls. The other two boys are outside living together Cuckoo Maran and Re Cochin Bantam). I wish we had blue chickens. When we went to Smoke Hollow Farms where we got our animals, there was a gorgeous white capped blue polish roo. He was so pretty and he was a bantam, I wanted him soo bad[​IMG]. She has more silkies coming in and we want to get some sooo excited. Blues, Blacks, Reds. We have two white silkies there so fun. Ok sorry for rambling just wanted to talk about my farm.

    luvmypets
     
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  5. TeaChick

    TeaChick Overrun With Chickens

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    All my chickens were hatched this spring, except my Jersey Giant, she's a year older than my other hens and my roosters.
    My roosters are each half Wayndotte (my older one is half white leghorn, but he shows Gold-laced Wayndotte coloring and no aggression so far). I don't remember what the other one is mixed with.
    My hens are these: 4 gold Comets, 3 white Leghorns, the black Jersey Giant, and a white Bantam Cochin Frizzle.
    The Jersey went broody this year, so I fully expect her to go broody next spring. Does anyone know how many eggs I can put under her???
    Being a Cochin, I expect my frizzle to go broody; being a banty and a frizzle, I plan to sell her offspring. I need some advice on her and hatching too; I'm leaning toward letting her hatch however many of her own eggs she wants (at least for her first brood); any advice/experience would be greatly appreciated!!!
    I assume that none of my Leghorns will go broody. If any of my comets go broody, I can make accommodations for up to four broods.

    Again, any advice or experience with any of this would be GREATLY appreciated!!!

    PS: I wish I could work with some heritage breeds as well. For now, I'm just getting started, so I'm trying to nail down the basics. Maybe one day I'll have the opportunity.... daydreaming. ^_^
     
  6. luvmypets

    luvmypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish I could tell you. But I'm a newbie 2. well sorta we started 3 yrs ago. and we got our first broody this summer
     
  7. TeaChick

    TeaChick Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks. :)

    I'm looking to double my layers (I have 10 plus a banty, but she's more of a pet). Anyway, I have NO idea about how many eggs that means I should look to try to hatch next year. KWIM?
     
  8. Aphrael

    Aphrael Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know the hatch ratio of males to females comes out to roughly 50/50. But this ratio is taken as an average over large hatches. In a small hatch you could see the 50/50 ratio, all boys, all girls, or anywhere in between! Also you have to consider that they are not all likely to make it to hatch. So I would figure the number of new hens you'd like to add and get at least 2 or three times that many eggs for hatching. Just be prepared for what to do with any extras that you cannot (or don't want to) keep. That's just my $.02 and what I plan to do for expanding my flock soon.
     
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  9. TeaChick

    TeaChick Overrun With Chickens

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    I greatly appreciate your $.02; thank you! =)

    I figure that any chickens who doing give me breakfast have to become dinner.
    Except for the banty; she's a frizzle, so I'll sell her offspring once they're old enough.

    Again, thank you very much!!! =o)
     
  10. luvmypets

    luvmypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good thing someone figured that out I know some but not lots
    [​IMG] our main roo Pretty Boy
     

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