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

wsmith

Songster
8 Years
Apr 9, 2011
2,738
179
218
South of Colorado Springs CO
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
 

wsmith

Songster
8 Years
Apr 9, 2011
2,738
179
218
South of Colorado Springs CO
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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