Good laying characteristics?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by aShMaNv, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. aShMaNv

    aShMaNv Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Choctaw, OK
    I have read about trying to identify characteristics in certain hens in a laying flock and breeding the hens with the good characteristics and not breeding the ones with the bad. And simply a laying flock. Not a show flock. What characteristics should be identified to be bred into offspring and which ones should be bred out for maximum quality egg production?
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Hatch eggs from the hens that lay the largest eggs and those who lay most frequently. If you continue to do that, eventually you'll have a bunch of super layers.

    That's what many hatcheries have done with sex links and the Pearl White and CA leghorns that they sell.

    Also, You keep the best looking roos from the best laying hens...

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