How to get into breeding Chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Laurissa, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. Laurissa

    Laurissa Out Of The Brooder

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    I would love too learn all I can about breeding Chickens! I'm interested in what breeders look for a Roo and hen . What catches a breeders eye when they're looking at chickens. I am at the very beginning stages here, and for now I'd like to learn what is needed to get started (outside of having a hen and a rooster ;)) My passion is there, my knowledge is not. I would also like to learn about what it takes to breed for egg colors. I LOVE COLORED EGGS! I love the different breeds that have their own egg colors. I love beautiful chickens! I'm excited to see if anyone has any advice or tips for a beginner like me. Thank you so much for reading my post! How you all have a wonderful day!!
     
  2. Rocky64

    Rocky64 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First, let me welcome you to BYC, there's lots of people here with tons of info. About your question about what people look for in chickens, it has a lot to do with the breed of chicken. Like how single combs on silkies is a fault. I don't know much about egg color genetics, so maybe someone can enlighten both of us.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Since you love colored eggs, it's much simpler to just start with the various types that lay them. Marans for dark brown. Easter eggers for pastel colors, Olive eggers -as the name implies., there is also a breed known for blue eggs but the names escapes me.
     
  4. Laurissa

    Laurissa Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the welcome!! I am very interested in egg genetics! Who does one carry the egg color, what happens when mixing two breeds that have different colored eggs?? Ahh so many questions :D
     
  5. Rocky64

    Rocky64 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard that the rooster carries most of the egg-color genes, as well as the laying-ability gene, but I could be mistaken.
     
  6. Laurissa

    Laurissa Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, I love all the chickens you've just mentioned! I have Ameraucanas, 2 I've raised as chicks, and 3 I adopted. My 2 and the adopted 3 I adopted lay different colors. My original 2 lay blue, the other 3 lay an off white green, a green (not really olive, though) and a blue green. I have barred rocks that lay thier own color brown. I have a Buff Orpington, a light brown/tan. I'm excited, I've just ordered some new babies, they'll be here tomorrow! But I have 2 or 3 different Marans coming. Fingers crossed I get lucky and they lay the more darker brown.
     
  7. Laurissa

    Laurissa Out Of The Brooder

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    Oooh! Ok! That's good to know! I think "someday" I would like to be able to sell fertile eggs, and chicks. Ask though that's probably way down the road
     
  8. Laurissa

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    I am very interested in Marans! Not only do they have beautiful eggs, they are a great multi purpose bird. Which is great, you always have a stinker in the bunch. Which works for filing the freezer
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    We just got our first chicks about a month ago and our lovinG it. Since we were new we did a little research then got a few of each we liked never intending to breed, but now... It is a fun idea. Now we just have to decide if we want to go that route and which breed. Best of luck to you and I hope it goes well.
     

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