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Dave C

Next years plans ?

What's everyone's plans for there poultry next season ?



I will be trying again with these La Bresse, the cock bird will be penned with only 5 hens and it will be his last chance  

Breeding some more Welsummers and "Bishop Browns"   now I have another Welsummer cockerel.

Trying some crosses with my new IG and getting in some more hybrid Poulet Galouise table birds.
If the hen that escaped the chop is still with us she will be part if the IG cross plan.
bodger

Well ! I've deliberately not bred any birds this year, so my first priority for next season is to breed some replacements and to weed out some of the older stock. I've still got a good nucleus of the three breeds I keep. That's the Light Sussex, Welsummers and Anconas.

I might join Dave this year and breed some meat birds. After my health problems at the beginning of then year, I've realised that it might be better for me to be munching on home grown chickens rather than home grown sausages and pork.
Rick & Carol

Next year the min mission  is getting the incubator functioning properly. Not a lot of success so far and we had to buy in day old chicks & poults.

Next year I plan to keep back some hubbards from the day olds we'll be getting soon as breeding stock, our turkey breeders did well this year so we just need to translate fertile eggs to poults.

Our RIR girls are slowing down substantially so we need to replace our egg layers.
bodger

My LS are good meaty birds that are well worth eating in their own rights but I'm contemplating running a couple of the hens with an IG to produce improved table birds. Getting hold of a cock that's bred for utility rather than for the show pen and which most importantly, is fertile, might very well pose a problem.
Its amazing how many folks, including HFW, report that their IG aren't particularly good when it comes to the 'rumpy pumpy' department. And if you look at how exaggerated they are, with their legs so far apart, its not to difficult to guess as to the reason why.
Dave C

Well I'm looking forward to some good table bird discussion this winter  
Dave C

[quote="Rick & Carol:335744"]Next year the min mission  is getting the incubator functioning properly. Not a lot of success so far and we had to buy in day old chicks & poults.

Next year I plan to keep back some hubbards from the day olds we'll be getting soon as breeding stock, our turkey breeders did well this year so we just need to translate fertile eggs to poults.


R&C have you kept Hubbards back for breeding before ?
How did it go ?

Are you just keeping hens back to cross with or cockerels as well ?

Just I'm trying to do the same thing with my Poulet Galouise hybrids
hughesy

I think I'm going to start again with chickens next year. This year's plan was to get stocked with hybrid layers purely for egg production but one way or another it didn't happen. No time being the main reason. However it's given me a bit more time to think about it and I'm glad I haven't gone in that direction really. I now think I'll go back where I came from and start again with a traditional breed such as the LS or RIR that we used to have.
Dave C

bodger wrote:
My LS are good meaty birds that are well worth eating in their own rights but I'm contemplating running a couple of the hens with an IG to produce improved table birds. Getting hold of a cock that's bred for utility rather than for the show pen and which most importantly, is fertile, might very well pose a problem.
Its amazing how many folks, including HFW, report that their IG aren't particularly good when it comes to the 'rumpy pumpy' department. And if you look at how exaggerated they are, with their legs so far apart, its not to difficult to guess as to the reason why.



I have 2 spare young IG cockerels that your welcome to John
bodger

How old are they Dave?
sandrar

Next year I plan on getting more hybrid layers - running 2 flocks 6 months apart in age. this should give me a constant supply of eggs, as regular orders are increasing as well as passing trade. There also appears to be a market for the older hens.

I'll keep breeding a few pekins, they sell well and are no trouble, costing very little to feed.

My Welsummers are gradually getting back to where I would like them to be but I'm struggling with the Leghorns since the fox attack and have a lot of work ahead to get them back to a good standard.

The Bellecross Belles are proving popular
Dave C

bodger wrote:
How old are they Dave?



13 weeks old now, might be able to sort you a couple of hens out as well if your interested.

Let me know as I am due a trip down to Hollywell Gas Terminal in the next week or so if you want to meet up somewhere.
Rick & Carol

Dave C --this will be our first experience with Hubbards & the plan is to keep a cock & two hens back to breed next year
Dave C

From what I've been told and read on the internet they won't breed true.
I.e. Hubbard cock x Hubbard hen wind breed Hubbard Chicks
As they are hybrids and they are the final cross.
Some of the grandparent stock are actually dwarf to keep food costs down and I read this can come out in future cocks if they are bred from.

The other problems are getting them to breeding age especially the cock birds, but if you do I'm sure you will get a table bird of some discription.

That's why I'm looking to keep hens and use either an IG or La Bresse cockerel over them.

Either way it will be interesting to see how you get on
bodger

Dave, I wouldn't want to breed IG, it would just mean another pen but running one with some LS hens is something I would fancy having a go at.
Dave C

Well if you fancy meeting up mate I'll bring the best one down for you  

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