Maya Toccata wrote:I've been reading harvey ussery's chicken pages ( http://www.themodernhomestead.us/article/poultry.html) and he had tons of very relevant info on breeding, feeding, and managing poultry flocks. it's got me thinking maybe instead of all buff orphingtons i should have a "sub flock" of old englis just for their mothering skills. if i didn't need the meat birds to be broody i could go with a meatier bird like white jersey giant. hmmm.
John Polk wrote:
A key to successful breeding is to use the best rooster you can get.
The egg laying genetics is passed from the hen to the rooster, who then passes it along to the next batch of hens.