Question on Hatching Certain Breeds

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ts10sc, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. ts10sc

    ts10sc New Egg

    Feb 27, 2012
    Hi all! I've used Backyard Chickens website for much reading and info, but never posted. So here's a first for me! We've raised chickens for a couple of years and currently have near 100, however, all of our chicks have come from hatcheries across America. I've never actually hatched our own eggs. We have a couple of roosters (RIR and Barred Rock) and several varieties of hens.

    I would like to hatch RIR chicks and maybe do a couple of our own hybrids, but I don't know how to do that with all free ranging chickens. How does someone control what Rooster mounts which hens and how do I know when the eggs are laid which are which?

    I figured certainly people have raised from eggs strands of chickens and still allowed them to free-range. How would I do that and know what I'm raising?

    Thanks in advance for all help!

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