Considering breeding

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Hammie919, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. Hammie919

    Hammie919 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm thinking about possibly breeding chickens that have either feathered feet or beards or both. But I really need some information about breeding and trying to keep them true to breed. Is it really hard to start a breeding program? And what kind of things would I need? Also finding decent breeding stock seems to be a challenge on the west coast. So ideas, tips and/or instructions would be great. It just sounds like a fun and rewarding challenge.
    Thanks,
    Heather
     
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    The first challenge will be to find good breeding stock. What breeds are you interested in?
     
  3. Hammie919

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    I'm thinking either partridge Cochin or salmon favorelles but I would be willing to branch out on the colors more if necessary.
     
  4. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    I think other color Cochins are easier to come by than Faverolles. I do have salmon Faverolles but I am on the other coast. There are several west coast breeders that I know of in OR and WA. The Faverolles thread is here

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/268082/faverolles-thread/16460

    I would try to contact elizmartin for possible breeders out that way.

    I am less familiar with Cochin breeders.
     
  5. Hammie919

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    I think I'm going to go for faverolles as they seem tone a favorite at home. I posted on the faverolle thread so I'll see if that goes somewhere but I still need general information on breeding.
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    The first step would be to familiarize yourself with the defining features of your chosen breed. Then get some good stock. Grow them out till they are about a year old, then decide which ones are the keepers, and which birds have disqualifications/faults that you would rather not pass on. Then take your chosen adults, and put them in a breeding pen/coop. Then start hatching eggs. Then repeat steps 3 through 5.
     
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