Post by standychook on Sept 9, 2010 21:37:06 GMT 8
I'm sort of new, I was a member before but can't remember my username or password so joined again:)
I'm live with my hubby, three kids, dogs, cats, horses, sheep and chooks on 43 acres in Boyup Brook.
We've had a few chooks for a several years but would like to now try breeding them once we settle on what breeds we really like. At the moment we have an assortment - one GL Wyandotte, a Frizzle rooster, one frizzle hen, 1 bantam hen (I think - either that or a non-frizzled frizzle) about six ex-battery hens and one baby silky rooster waiting for some girl friends.
Initially I was going to find a home for the ex-battery hens (the rest are all pets from chicks) and buy some wyandotte, barnvelder or australorpe pullets (and some silkies and bantams), but pullets it would seem are as rare as hens teeth.
So we are going to do the whole baby chick thing again, despite a history of being able to grow far more roosters than hens. We're picking up our new lot of babies tomorrow, some Australorpes and silkies, hopefully we will end up with a few hens this time!
I thought it would be a good idea to come here to ask some questions and get some advice about the breeding side of chook keeping as we've never tried this before but looking forward to the experience ;D
Post by annieyokie on Sept 10, 2010 15:27:31 GMT 8
Be careful breeding a frizzle hen to a frizzle rooster you could end up with 25 % of curls .. They have tight feathers that break and can end up bald .I recently hatched 2 from bought polish frizzle eggs ...thought they would be frizz x strait or smooth feathered frizz which would have been OK . The poor curls or as some call them pipe-cleaners (they can end up with feathers looking like pipecleaners ) get cold easily and don't thrive .I have had to keep heat on for them so they don't freeze . The rest sound good if your Isa's cross with the frizz rooster you will end up with some pretty curls and straits . Your right pullets are hard to get .
Last Edit: Sept 10, 2010 15:30:43 GMT 8 by annieyokie
Post by standychook on Sept 12, 2010 19:15:46 GMT 8
thanks annieyokie I didn't know about the curls, we did have one in the set of six chicks we bought, he was rather bald, very scrawny and small (LOL he definitely had 'small man's complex' and a rotten personality to match!). He only lived abut 18 months though.
We will be setting up separate pens so I will separate the frizzle hen
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