The Plymouth Rock Breeders thread

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the Standard o' started by Fred's Hens, Aug 2, 2013.

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  1. desertmarcy

    desertmarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think it is the feed. Rhode Island Reds, Orloffs, and Buff Rocks on same diet have good fertility. In fact, fertility on the Buff Rocks (2 pullets in with one cockerel) is almost 100%. The organic is integral to my program, yes, of not feeding GMOs and not supporting Monsanto...
     
  2. Yard full o' rocks

    Yard full o' rocks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Desertmarcy, try another round of eggs, but I hear from many places this line has an issue with fertility and hatchability. You might need to use a male from another line if all else fails
     
  3. desertmarcy

    desertmarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is what I am leaning towards. I have a judge friend, Gene Helton, on the lookout for a male for me. I did not have this issue last year, but I lost the male I was using last year and so now am breeding even tighter.
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member


    OK, that's good information. If your other Rocks are doing fine, then I agree. Not very likely you're gonna see an improvement even if feed, and yes, I assumed a change to another organic feed, would produce the results you're looking for.

    Further, I dislike appearing to dis a line in public, but I'll just say that Scott's statement has support in many quarters. PM me if you want my more frank point of view and experience. [​IMG]
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Put that boy over some other females, spare females, scrubs, just any females. Seriously. After two weeks, start cracking the eggs and looking for fertility and/or bake a few in the incubator and see if there is evidence of viability at day 7.

    If you find fertility? You'd know it' s the compatibility of the hens to that cockerel. Just another step in investigating this matter.
     
  6. newbiechick1

    newbiechick1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all! My husband and I will be purchasing our first chickens this year. Plans for coop and whatnot are coming along great great but we can not agree on a breed. We have agreed that we want a chicken that does well in hot and cold weather ( we live in wv). We would like large brown eggs and would prefer a breed that lays well and is not broody. I love the buff color... I was looking at the buff orpington breed but am afraid of the broodines and I was told their eggs are not very big. Any suggestions out there would be great! Would the buff rocks make a good first time chicken? Do they lay well? Are they friendly? Thank you all in advance!
     
  7. DMRippy

    DMRippy Pallet Queen Premium Member

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  8. Southerlys

    Southerlys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone have any started hens near St. Louis for sale? Small backyard newbie here just getting started.
     
  9. Silver Rock

    Silver Rock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well after talking with someone I look up to and follow in the breeding advice that he shares with me. I have decided to change up my Silver Penciled Plymouth Rock breeding pens a little. I will be running three breeding pens this Spring.

    Breeding pen #1 will have a Horstman male over Padgett females.
    Breeding pen #2 will have a Padgett male over Horstman females.
    Breeding pen #3 will have a Padgett male over Padgett females.
    All the breeding pens are set up and ready to go. I am already getting plenty of eggs off my 10 month old Horstman pullets and expecting my 5 month old Padgett pullets to start laying in the next couple months. :)

    Clayton
     
  10. DMRippy

    DMRippy Pallet Queen Premium Member

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    I Like that plan! are you looking for more specifics to put in the pens? Like dark pullets with a certain roo? Lighter pullets with another kind of roo?
     
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