Taking Control – Breeding to Establish Traits You Want in a Backyard Flock

Taking Control – Breeding to Establish Traits You Want in a Backyard Flock
Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger – If you were asked to list which characteristics make the best laying hens, what would you write down? Most people would probably choose things like an ability to lay lots of eggs, strong shell strength and high interior quality. A backyard poultry keeper might also value traits like calm and friendly dispositions, a variety of colored eggs, hens that will keep laying eggs for several years, or hens that will go broody and hatch out new baby chicks. If you are raising chickens for eggs, have you ever thought of trying to breed, hatch, and raise some of your own replacement pullets? If you have a place to raise a few baby chicks, and you can also keep a rooster for breeding, why not try breeding some of your own? If there are desirable traits you want to reproduce in your flock, there is no

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