future of my flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lynnemabry, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. lynnemabry

    lynnemabry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    Beautiful Lake County
    Just wondering... I have a mixed flock with two roos. My goal (I think) is to have a self sustaining flock. Young roos as meat and able to replace egg layers. After the first set of chicks there will be inbreeding I guess. Is there any problem with this? Any advice? Any other things I need to watch for raising a flock this way?
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    You need to watch for bad physical traits, that is inbreeding, but it doesn't happen real often, egg production may take a bigger hit, or needing more feed to gain, not so noticeable as a deformed foot, but will cost you in the long run.

    An easy way to bring in fresh genetics, is to replace the roo every so often, people always have roos to get rid of.
  3. jaj121159

    jaj121159 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2010
    Northeast Nebraska
    I am planning on breeding two breeds, Russian Orloffs and Welsumers. I will keep them in their own coops and add new roosters and some new hens each year. I am going to cull some roosters for food, but sell some with the hens they bred as pairs at our local chicken auction. I am also raising RIR and will add Delaware hens this summer so I can hatch red sex links and more RIR. I will change out the RIR roosters each year as I can get them as cast offs from my local hatchery.

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