When selecting a breeder, make sure you ask the following questions:

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by wsmith, May 22, 2012.

  1. wsmith

    wsmith Songster

    Please list those questions you should have asked, have asked, will ask, or would like to be asked (as a breeder) while in the process of selecting a breeder to purchase fertile hatching eggs, chicks, or older birds.

    Thanks for your input
  2. wsmith

    wsmith Songster

    This is my list:

    • What is the mature weight of the rooster or parent rooster(s)?
    • What is the temperament of the rooster or parent rooster(s)?
    • What is the mature weight of the hen or parent hen(s)?
    • What is the temperament of the hen or parent hen(s)?
    • What are the average weights of your breeding stock?
      • Hens:
      • Roosters:
    • What is the average number of eggs per week per hen or parent hens?
    • What is the average eggs size laid by the hen or of the parent hens?
    • Are the eggs from the hen or parent hens a normal shape, or elongated or pointed?
    • At what age do your hens generally start laying eggs?
    • What is your average hatch rate for the eggs you are selling or have hatched?
    • If you have shipped fertile eggs for hatching, what is the hatch rate of your shipped eggs?
    • At what age are your chicks fully feathered?
    • Do you breed for APA breed standard?
    • What is more important to you in your breeding program: APA standard or other?
    • What APA standard faults do you see regularly in your flock?
    • Are you NPIP certified?
      • If so, note your NPIP number
      • If not, why?
    • How long have you had your flock?
    • What is the parent stock of your flock? Where did they come from, what lines, etc…
    • What health problems if any do your birds have?
    • What are the three things you would like to see change with your flock?

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