Emerson White wrote:There is the spaghetti approach too, You take every mutt chick and assortment you can find, and toss them together in a big flock. If you find out that any chicken is especially mean or noisy or good at hiding eggs, or too small, eat it. What doesn't stick to the wall goes in the soup pot, and what does stays around till the next generation.
Emerson White wrote:
And wants to b eaten, H[sup]2[/sup]G[sup]2[/sup] style
Emile Spore wrote:
what I figure, from what I have read, is that the good mothering gene butts up against the good layer gene.
Apparently the reason why the best layers are great layers is because they never go broody.
Kirk Hutchison wrote:
Ok, so it seems the main traits I would be selecting for would be:
(in no particular order)
1) good laying
2) good camouflage
3) good mothering abilities
4) ability to forage for food
5) moderate cold and heat tolerance
7) ability to live entirely off of forest garden products
interesting egg coloration
9) ability to fly fairly well
10) not good at hiding eggs
Pnyeredting (my typing 'interesting' in the dark) thread, I've had the game birds for years and recently had decided that I needed a leghorn rooster to bring in some better laying lines ... am I correct in thinking that the rooster gives you the hens traits? I like the size of the eggs and the hens are such hard workers I'm sure a little leghorn in them would make for a much better laying flock, with perhaps some barred rock on the next generation?
Kathleen Sanderson wrote:
Laying and hardiness are important to me; so is the ability to hatch and raise flock replacements. I don't need every hen in the flock going broody, but it is desirable to have several broody hens in the flock.
Well Mr Wyandotte has moved in ... but he is very slow at getting to know his new lady friends! he's acting the perfect gentleman clucking about and showing them tasty morsals ... not at all like a game rooster!
watch this space
Dead Rabbit wrote:
do you have a game rooster?
Yes ... he is in a seperate flock and is very active when introduced to new lady friends ... dropping the wing, if you kno what I mean
James Stark wrote:
Thanks DR. So much of the info I have is from someone who heard it from someone....and so on. Nice to get the opinion of someone who's actually got some experience. I'm going to an auction/show next weekend, and I'll keep an eye out for those!