Egg production genetics???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by aestus_lux, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. aestus_lux

    aestus_lux In the Brooder

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    I plan on ordering chicks from a hatchery this week, for a small scale breeding experiement in the spring. I am looking to make my chicken hobby more self sufficient, and have some ins at area farm markets to sell green eggs. My plan thus far is to order 5 each of black aust pullets, white leghorn(i really wanted anconas or andalusians)pullets, EE pullets, EE cockrels. By second or third generation i have gathered enough info to ensure mostly green egg production, however I haven't been able to find much about production numbers in regards to genetics or breeding. i chose BA's and leghorns because they lay very well, will that productivity be passed on to subsequent generations, or should i just stick to EE's?

    Thanks guys, I love reading the threads, always felt like a wierdo being obsessed with my chickens...more so probably because I'm gay and don't look country at all, let alone like a chicken fancier.
     
  2. nicalandia

    nicalandia Crowing

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    NOTHING BEATS the ULTIMATE EGG machine.........NOTHING...so if you want to have the best green egg layers, stick with just 2 strains, and you dont´need many of them, get about 5 hens Ameraucana or Araucanas and if all fails get a EE(with pea comb please) get your self a white leghorn rooster...SEE THATS ALL, all of your ofspring will have pea comb and lay very very well, keep the best egg laying females and cross them with your leghorn roosters(F1XP1=B1) the B1 will be 75% leghorn, of the B1 about 25% will have the blue egg gene and pea comb(very very close genes) breed a pea comb B1 rooster with a B1 pea comb rooster...OR just keep breeding ameraucana hens to leghorn roosters to get your super duper green eggers

    hey good luck...[​IMG]
     
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    aestus_lux In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the info! When I was younger I spent time on a commercial chicken farm, and ever since have just kinda disliked white leghorns, and outside of my breeding they would be with my regular flock. and i try to keep it as varied and pretty as possible.
     
  4. nicalandia

    nicalandia Crowing

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    Quote:you will like them if you mean business...BUT is OK if you don´t... [​IMG]
     
  5. Kezzie

    Kezzie Songster

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    That sounds like a fun project!
     
  6. aveca

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    Good luck with your project and keep us posted on progress. Many people in this forum have experience with this and can offer great advice, By aus pullet I assume you mean australorps.

    The australorps is the world record holder for egg production and so far that title has not been broken, they lay a light brown egg.Varys in size from medium to X-Large

    I have them and with minimal light they produce just about all winter, come in 2 sizes. bantam and reg english.

    I wish someone would create a feed with some greens in it for winter pellet feed for production eggs, nothing like greens to make the yoke have a great quality. I think there is a company in england that makes a feed like that.
     
  7. alfalfa pellets will do the trick for you
     
  8. nicalandia

    nicalandia Crowing

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    Quote:that was one hen...[​IMG]
     

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