Todd Parr wrote: One issue I think you may have is that it's pretty hard to tell who is laying best. I don't really have a way to tell with my ladies. They share the nest boxes and the only eggs that are really easy to tell are the Easter Eggers.
Todd Parr wrote:Brandon, what area are you in?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
Brandon, Good job!
One thing I think about a lot with chickens, is how much of the chicken's behavior is genetic, and how much of it is socialization... I say that, because we have a pheasant farm here, and the birds released from the farm for hunters are the stupidest birds I ever saw in my life. I attribute that to being raised in an incubator, and being raised devoid of traditional pheasant society. I suspect that if you catch some of the chickens as day-old birds, and separate them from chicken society at birth, that you may lose many of the traits that make them particularly well suited to your farm. I think that they are not just genetics, they are a combination of genetics and society.
Wes Hunter wrote:I question the actual usefulness of a 'camouflage' feather pattern. The idea makes sense, and I used to think it was important too, but now I wonder.
Todd Parr wrote:I've been working towards a "landrace" chicken that thrives here in WI. It needs to be cold-hardy, have a small comb to prevent frostbite, be able to handle our hot, humid summers, and preferably have a darker, mottled pattern to help protect against predators. I'm 4 generations in to my project, and this year I have a chicken that fills all those needs really well. It has the dark pattern that I want, no comb to speak of, and comes from very winter-happy parents. I've found it hard to get a good picture of a chicken, so I apologize for the quality. I'll try to take some pictures that better show her off if people are interested.