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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Sharmochic, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. Sharmochic

    Sharmochic In the Brooder

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    I have been a hobby chicken raiser off and on for over 20 years and am now getting back into it. I would like to be able to be self sufficient in raising and keeping my flock going through the years. Is this a goal that is reasonable? Do I need to introduce new genes every so often? I read that in order to be able to be self sufficient in providing my own flock through the years I need to stick with one breed since hatching rates drop dramatically after the 2nd generation of mixed breeds. What are your experience in this area? Is this true? Maybe that is why none of the eggs I got from my neighbor seem to be viable. They were all mixed.
     
  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    My goals aren't the same as yours so I don't know about hatch rates dropping off. I have yet to hatch any chicks here.
     
  3. N F C

    N F C is it nap time yet?

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    :welcome

    If you want to keep a steady supply of eggs over the years, you will want to introduce new birds periodically. You can do that by either hatching your own with a broody or an incubator (or of course, an outside source of chicks).

    Best of luck with all your plans!
     
  4. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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  5. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio

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    Welcome to BYC! We're glad you decided to join our wonderful community! :welcome
     
  6. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    Welcome to our FUNomenal community! :celebrate Best wishes and have lots of fun! :wee
     
  7. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Addict

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    Hi and welcome to BYC :frow We're so happy you've decided to join us :ya
     
  8. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Welcome to BYC. I only used to raise mutt birds / deliberate mixes and never noticed a drop in laying in second generation birds :confused:

    More generally, this is a useful link of “How to” BYC guides to take a look at announcements-feedback-issues-guides.3. I’d suggest including your location using the guide in the link. You can use this link to contact members in your area - Find your State's thread.

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Welcome to BYC. Actually hatch rates of mixed breeds are generally higher because of hybrid vigor.
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens, the pulse beat of the chicken community :woot
     

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