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We're going to try breeding & hatching - a few questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by calicokat, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. calicokat

    calicokat Songster

    Apr 2, 2009
    azalia, indiana
    Ok, we gave away our pet quality birds and have cut the flock down to a handful of egg layers, and three breeding pens. It's our first try at breeding and hatching - we do have a broody right now, so all systems are go [​IMG]

    My questions are, I have a roo over three hens in both of the bantum groups (WC Black, and White). I should get all WC Blacks from that pen, and all white from the other, right?

    The one exception is, I have a splash hen with the White roo. What might I get there? I'm thinking 50% white, 25% splash and 25% khaki?

    In large fowl I have one WC Blue hen and a WC Black roo. I'm hoping to improve her blue color in the offspring. And if my genetics are right, I'm looking at 50% black, 25% blue & 25% splash, right?

    Since we have a broody right now, how many days can I collect the eggs and put them under her before I have to stop and let them go on about hatching? I plan to mark the eggs, so I can remove the egg layers' eggs each day -- or, do I need to collect them and take them to the house, then put them all under her at one time?

    Then when the time gets closer, I have a large dog crate to relocate her to.

    Anything I'm missing or need to know? We are really excited about the prospect of babies from our own birds! [​IMG]

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