How to become a chicken breeder

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Chicken Egg 17, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello I would like to get a few breeder quality silkies and I would like to become a breeder and be npip certified but how could I do this without wanting to keep the baby's? Do u breed and sell them to people no matter the age? How much do u charge for all ages of ur birds? I might have more questions then once I can think of some more and once a few of these are answered but any ways I will be building a breeding pen for 1 silkie rooster and 5 Silkie hens I chose this breed because I have seen lots of people looking to buy silkies in a and a few are in central pa and I can't seem to find a silkie breeder in central pa so I would like to breed these cute fluffy calm little things. All answers are welcome thanks
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Here are some links to threads specifically pertaining to Silkies.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/690632/silkie-breeding-genetics-showing
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1048544/chicken-breed-focus-silkie
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/297632/silkie-thread
    And here is the link to the breeders club.
    http://www.americansilkiebantamclub.org/

    Before deciding to breed Silkies, first you need to familiarize yourself with the breed and the breed standard. Find a mentor. Learn as much about them as possible. Silkies are readily available from most hatcheries and feed stores. They aren't hard to obtain, so you aren't likely to make much money. But good quality birds are harder to come by. Get yourself good stock. Work to breed your birds to meet the breed standard. You can sell your birds at any point. Some customers prefer to buy day olds. Others prefer to get their chicks once they no longer need supplemental heat. Some want started pullets that are close to laying age.
    Regardless, you need a plan for those that don't sell, especially the young cockerels. And you need to be prepared to deal with chicks passing.
    If your aim is to hatch a ton of chicks, and sell them all; and not breeding, keeping, and raising show quality birds; just don't. There are already a bunch of hatcheries turning out poor quality birds by the hundreds.
     
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    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    O i have already decided and read a little bit about them thanks I will take a look at them
     
  4. keesmom

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    Bad quality silkies are a dime a dozen. If you seriously want to get into breeding you need to start with the best birds you can get. Look into local APA/ABA shows and get to know good breeders. Get a copy of the ABA SOP, or the APA SOP. There are many varieties of silkies out there so decide which one you want to concentrate on.

    Junebuggena has listed some good links for you to check out. She also points out an important part of breeding - you need a plan to deal with excess birds (cockerels mostly). The fact is there will never be enough homes for every male hatched each year no matter how nice they are. You need a plan in place to deal with them.

    When you sell them is personal preference. Some sell hatching eggs, chicks of various ages and/or started birds. For me, I will only sell cull pullets for layer flocks, and started birds for those interested in breeding. Excess males, and sometimes pullets, end up in the freezer. Everyone is different. You have to decide what your goal is.
     
  5. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I can go to the grange fair and see what anyone has
     
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    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I found a breeder I just need to give them a call I can't wait
     
  7. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    What color did you decide on?
     
  8. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking white or black so if I wanted to later down the line I can make splash if I wanted
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    You can not make Splash out of white and black. For Splash you need Blue. I think you meant 'paint'. But those genetics are pretty complicated, considering that Silkies are recessive white instead of dominant white.
     
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    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok well then I think I am going to start with white sq ones then
     

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