I don't know if I'm cut out to breed quality lines of chickens...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chellester, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. Chellester

    Chellester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been thinking about breeding a couple lines of high-quality chickens, but I don't know if I have it in me, because in order to do so, I will have to cull the ones with obvious faults to keep my flock of high quality. (When I say "cull" I don't mean kill, I mean sell or give away.)

    The thing is, it's hard for me to hatch them, get attached, and then have to let them go at some point. And even if I sell them or give them away, I can't guarantee they'll all go to good homes no matter how hard I try to make sure that they do.

    If you do this, how to you handle it? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I feel your pain! Much as I realize I can't keep absolutely everybody, I sure want to. The ones I know I can't keep, I just try to keep some distance in my mind; which is hard because I handle ALL my chicks so their new owners will be amazed at how tame they are and have an easy time.
     
  3. Napalongtail

    Napalongtail Longtail Longtimer

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    It's not easy for any of us. Especially when you are looking for that 1 in a 100 bird. I do all of my own culling. I try to sell obvious culls as early on as possible, those that start out then don't make the grade I always try to place those next and my final cut I seperate out as soon as I see the flaw and pen it seperately from the more potential birds. Thus defining the lines as soon as possible. If I am finished with a particular bird I'll hold on to it till I can sell it or give it away. My last option is the soup pot and yes I put them their too [​IMG] But it was a decision I new I'd have to do getting into the birds.
     
  4. hollyclyff

    hollyclyff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's one of the reasons I quit breeding dogs. I had nightmares when it came time to sell puppies.
     

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