French frogs

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by scflock, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    Not what I expected, but exactly what I wanted to hear :fl
    He is by far the best of the three, so if he throws dark blue I will be fine if he is the only rooster in that pen. I will just have to mate to the black to get more blacks.
    The pen is 12×24, and the coop is 12x8, so I'm not sure yet. I think there would be a better chance if I had more hens, but right now there are only 8
     
  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    I agree... :)

    @WVduckchick I totally missed your comment on the combs... not only do I agree with Walnut, but you are better off going with the more uniform comb than the larger... once you breed wonky combs, they are a big pain to breed back out... also, sometimes size of combs relates to the dominance within the group... usually the more dominates comb and wattles will grow bigger, quicker... if he is removed, then Ted's may just fill out more...
     
  3. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    8 isn't bad... you are looking at this from a breeders POV, not a backyarders... you want to have a slightly lower boy/girl ratio to ensure proper fertility... having obstacles or jungle gym type stuff will help ward off overmating... I'd like to see you with bigger runs though... hmm... can you draw up a floor plan of your coops and runs? And any space you might have around or behind them? I'd like to know what you have to work with and that gives me a clearer idea than straight pics...
     
  4. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    Bigger runs? :smack
    That's just not a possibility right now. I have kind of built myself into a corner, which wasn't the original plan. I may start phasing out some of my older flocks to free up a few pens, but I'm a few years out from building a more breeder friendly setup. Eventually I will go to a row of pens that will be easier on maintenance and open up room for much larger runs, but that's going to require a total tear down and rebuild. What I can do in the meantime is rotate the extra rooster in and out of my oldest flock that has a bunch of Easter eggers. That way I can breed the two roosters to see what they throw, and improve my EEs offspring at the same time
     
  5. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    I know you can't make them bigger... :smack

    I was thinking if you have pens to the outside at all, you could make a single, large add on run with access points for those pens... rotate who gets the access... any possibility of that?
     
  6. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    That's the problem. I started my original coop in the center of the back yard, then added six more pens around that. I have almost built myself into a circle, with all of the runs facing each other. Within the next few years I am going to rebuild in a single line down the edge of the property, giving me room to triple the size of my runs
     
  7. Ravynscroft

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    I actually did similar, but insisted on bigger runs from the start, lol... drove my OH crazy when he kept trying to set posts... he didn't see why I wanted to go so big, but now he admitted my foresight was better than his... :lau

    I still would like to see your floorplan... there might be something you don't see... :confused:
     
  8. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh, I could add on, but I'm not building any more until I do it right. I started with 4 pullets from the feed store. 130 chickens was not the plan :gig. I have plenty of room, but that's not how I want to continue. There will be a total overhaul soon
     
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  9. Ravynscroft

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    Sounds good... just didn't want you to get rid of any you would regret later... I did that... it sucks... :/
     
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    OH ????
     

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