What can I do with this flock?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by seventreesfarm, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. seventreesfarm

    seventreesfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2012
    Everson, WA
    I have a laying flock and sell eggs, and have been buying hatchery chicks for years for replacements. But now that I have an incubator I want to also work on some olive-eggers and other dark egg layers. Not really concerned with purebreds for now.

    Flock right now:

    BCM roo (young, from craigslist, not much leg feathering but a nice guy)
    Barred rock hens (hatchery stock good layers so far)
    Easter egger hens (hatchery stock not the greatest)

    Cuckoo Marans pullets (feed store)
    Welsummer pullets (feed store)

    BCM/BR chicks (homegrown)
    BCM/EE chicks (homegrown)
    Blue olive-eggers (DMRippy)
    Lavender Ameraucana splits - 2 lav, 1 split (DMRippy)

    I'm going to want a roo from the Blue/Lav chicks if I get one. What kind of babies/egg color would I get with him over my various hens?
    Same for my BCM roo.

    I'm hoping to start with selecting for egg color and quality, then hen conformation/color, then production. I like the production and toughness of the BR hens. I like the colors of the Welsummer & Easter-egger eggs. I like the colors of BR, Cuckoo Marans, Lav & Blue Oliver hens.

    ANd how does everybody keep track of all the combinations? I used to breed finches 20 yrs ago and used combinations of legbands and a notebook. I imagine a spread sheet is more efficient [​IMG]

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