John Kestell wrote:Hi guys,
I posted yesterday regarding a writing project I'm working on. I've been working on a section/chapter on small flock chickens. Raising them, breeding them, etc.
I'm especially interested in crossing different breeds. In people who raise "barnyard mixes". This is what we used to do when I was raising chickens as a kid with my grandfather. I don't recall every buying any birds. If we needed chicks, we would use whatever rooster we had or could borrow from a neighbor, and cross it with whatever hens we had milling around. The flock was a weird and beautiful collection.
I think it fits very well with permaculture, and constant emphasis on "diversity". Just like with pure bred dogs having all kinds of genetic anomalies due to many generations of inbreeding, and mutts almost always being healthier, it's my belief that a mix would be an excellent way to go.
It's something I would like to discuss with chicken raisers. I'd love to see photos of whatever multi-way crosses you might have.
Trying to spend my pandemic down-time doing something productive...
John Kestell wrote:
I am trying to drum up interest with local enthusiasts. The idea would be to employ a "spiral breeding" program, hopefully over several locations. every breeding session, the roosters would be moved to the next location. That would create 2-way crosses in the first round, 4 way in the second, 8 way in the third...