HI All I a few months ago bought in a load of eggs two different breeds I had trouble with the postage and the hatching then a mate on this site gave me some eggs to hatch the long and short of this is the free eggs are better birds than the bought eggs the free birds are larger with more colour than the bought ones this is down to the breeder only breed from birds that are as they should be not small ones if there a large breed if we all did this the standard of birds in Australia would be the best in the world this goes for the colour of eggs as well Welsummer have a dark brown egg why breed from a bird that is not producing that how to stop this I have no idea the only thing is its up to us the breeders of NOW to get things back on track any thoughts on it Trev
HI Madison I have only had WA eggs so far but i think thats about to change, i would rather pay extra for good eggs true to breed than what i am getting except for one breeder in WA just shows you your never to old to learn Trev
It's a bit more complex when egg colour comes into the equasion the rooster needs to come from a dark egg to pass it on as well as the hen , size can be manipulated with time of hatch and feed quality I have only seen 1 good hen in welsummers.
yep i agree i have 8 of them this is the second lot colour good eggs light i contacted a guy in the UK a top breeder he told me that the egg colour is passed on from the hen ? i was surprised to find that out i was looking all the time for roos to do the job Trev
A big part of the problem with Wellie's is people put brown leghorn in them to improve colour and hardyness but it wrecked egg colour . I have seen photo's of wellie's eggs in England that would match most of the marans that are in Australia.
There's a lady in Denmark (WA) that breed's New Hampshire red's & she has some bird's you could throw a saddle on, she purchased her egg's from a gentleman in Albany who apparently (Like it or not) smuggled the egg's through custom's on his last trip to the UK, only 6 egg's by all account but now supply's half the south west with fertile egg's. I'm going to Denmark to find her in the very near future.
HI Guys its about time we improved our stock I bought eggs of two kinds from one breeder and another lot form minime, they hatched out only a week after each other, this is the Rocks I am on about. Now the two lots are miles apart from each other minime`s are a larger bird with better colour the others are small for there kind and a lot lighter. At the same time I got Silver grey Dorking eggs from the same breeder, they are a large bird slow to mature, "NOT SO"in this case . With this lot they are laying eggs where the Rocks are not this is just one example of what we should not be doing, we should only breed from dark eggs if that is true to breed or the largest of the breed with great colour or it all falls to bits as is happening now. I for one would be interested in the Hampshire s if you find out anything minime I will take a dozen eggs if you can organise it or just let me have a number for them on my PM I am on the look out for Silver Grey Dorkings I have located some in the North of our state that came over from the east with a great reputation hope it all works out Trev
Hi Trev, We are going down to Denmark at the first opportunity to try & locate these bird's as we are so keen to get some for ourselve's, but your right, a lot of the local bird's are small in size, if it help's my Rock's have been "off the lay"for nearly 3 month's, damned if I know why though, I will PM you once I locate them.
HI minime My hens are the same it must be the change of weather but i think its a long time to be off one or two are just picking up again now hope they will sort them selves out soon look forward to the PM thanks Trev
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