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#1 2012-05-03 01:57:53

Maggiesdad
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From: Louisa County, Virginia
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Round One and Round Two keepers

Mr. Black
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The partridgeberries caused much hooting and excitement. I didn't know if they were toxic or not, so I chased them away from there. Turns out ruffed grouse love them, so they can't be but so bad for a chicken...
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Cinnamon's wing
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The Little Red Hen's wing
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Blue Two's side sprig (so side sprigs must not be sex-linked)
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The two younger girls that I kept from the Round Two chooks hang back from the big pullets,  but will run up to the rooster when the older girls are preoccupied.
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#2 2012-05-03 02:03:09

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

Your rooster is beautiful, no white in the tail feathers :thumbs:  The whole flock is looking great :jumping:

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#3 2012-05-03 02:04:22

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

Mr. black is a nice big boy! And your pullets are beautiful as well! I think you did a great job choosing who to keep. Side sprigs...I think there are two genes involved...


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#4 2012-05-03 03:07:52

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

:jumping:  Great job, what beautiful birds.  Mr Black is a handsome fella, he's wide too.  :love:  Those little red hens throw gold daughters too.  Lovely flock.  It seems the sprigs are more common in boys in out here from what we have seen, it could just be chance, as the hens can have them, same with the pennies, though we want them there.

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#5 2012-05-03 03:58:24

NaturesPace
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From: Augusta county VA, USA
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

Wow! Those are great photos. They really are great looking examples of a nice Basque flock. I can't wait to see what hatches. Will hatch some later this year or wait till spring?


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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#6 2012-05-03 06:28:23

Micah and Kiah
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

Outstanding photos and what lovely birds!  When will there be babies?  I have EO eggs from Paula and Claire in the incubator right now.  Hope they turn out as nice as yours!  How did you make your decision on which to keep?  Did you get someone to help you?


All the best,

Kiah and Micah

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#7 2012-05-03 11:40:25

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

MD before you say anything, no I did not give M&K any "surprise" eggs :shock:

I don't have the BLRW anymore :(

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#8 2012-05-03 12:37:01

Lisa
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From: near Arthur, Ontario, Canada
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

Glen,

That is one HANDSOME rooster! Your whole flock looks fantastic. Will be very exciting to see what they produce.... :jumping:


When all else fails, go spend time with your chickens. :)

Pens are currently filled with Red Cuckoo (Marraduna) and Red Basque (Gorria) breeders, Spitz, and Seramas.

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#9 2012-05-03 12:57:07

gubi
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From: Walton
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

Great looking flock.  Thanks for sharing the pictures.  I have a hen here too with the clavel comb.


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#10 2012-05-03 15:16:38

Island Girl
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From: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Isla
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

Mr Black is beautiful and so are the girls. I love the look of your flock.

XOX Monika

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#11 2012-05-04 16:07:21

ChestnutRidge
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

They are all gorgeous.  Mr. Black :love:  You've done an excellent job selecting your flock.  They look fantastic.
Soooo, if you decide to sell hatching eggs, definitely let us know.  :applause:
:EO:

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#12 2012-05-05 00:53:09

Maggiesdad
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

Micah and Kiah wrote:

How did you make your decision on which to keep?  Did you get someone to help you?

Well, that's a long story, and I'm still winnowing. Not to be confused with waffling. ;)


I noted how the hatch ran and who had difficulty, if any. I noted who was dominant and friendly or fearless, and who was shy and recalcitrant, who was in the middle and how that played out as the chicks grew older.

When Claire, Lindy Lou and Paula came down during the Great Roadtrip of 2011, I paid rapt attention to what they had to say.
I also listened to NP and CR.

The hawks ate some of my smaller pullets.
The foxes ate my best EO roo, Blue, but he had serious attitude issues, and with him gone, I didn't have to worry about that any more.
As a condition for rehoming a damaged pullet (Forrest), I provided three more pullets to my cousin to augment his laying flock... I gave him the the three smallest girls out of both Rounds. They also happened to have white legs. I chose correctly, for my girls have been laying for a while and his have yet to lay. I do have the option of getting them back or sending a roo to him should something disastrous happen to my flock.

I am holding my best white legged roo and my only other yellow legged roo ( which is also a fine specimen, just 3 weeks younger) for back up and contingency.

I watch the birds' interactions among themselves (Hen/Roo relationships) now they've reached POL, and use that as a deciding factor too.

I'm raising these birds for meat and eggs. So those characteristics will be what I'm watching for.  I will be trap nesting. If feathers fall into place while that's happening, then that's all the better.

I still haven't resolved in my own mind whether hatching pullet eggs is desirable.

Take all of that with a grain of salt, and a heaping measure of I'd never even held a chicken before last fall, a whole lot of luck, and you get an idea of where I'm at.  :thanks:

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#13 2012-05-05 01:08:37

poplar girl
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

Wow MD, I am impressed! :thumbs: you have done an amazing job of documenting, learning and applying what you know to your EOs to make the best choices keeping as many variable as possible in mind.

As for hatching pullet eggs...I have had several old timers tell me never to hatch pullet eggs (by that i mean eggs from chickens any less than a full year old). It makes sense to me that you need to wait until the eggs get large but I am uncertain that waiting an entire year has substantial value. I think within less than a year you can get a very good idea of how a pullet is going to turn out so why not hatch eggs from the best? You'll have let me know what you decide and why....


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#14 2012-05-05 01:15:22

NaturesPace
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

CR and I were also wondering how that last batch of EOs will fit into the plan. Both of us are on the edge of our seats waiting to see what you hatch from this flock.
If you ever needed help hatching some eggs this fall or next spring... :please:


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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#15 2012-05-05 01:19:28

Maggiesdad
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

More on that later... gotta run right now.  :hi:

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#16 2012-05-05 03:09:52

Maggiesdad
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

The 4 chicks from the last batch... I won't be making a call on pairings with them for many months.  :wise:

patience patience

chickens, chickens,  tee hee hee.  :surfing:


:funny:

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#17 2012-05-05 03:14:03

NaturesPace
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

Haha, did my DH tell you to say that?
:funny:


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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#18 2012-05-05 03:36:46

Micah and Kiah
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

Thanks for the great answer MD.  Paula, Lynn and Claire what kind of cookies/cakes/pies can I bake to convince you to come here in the Autumn and help me make cull decisions?  Left to my own devices I would be deciding based on levels of cuddliness!  :whistle:   Paula, what is the surprise eggs story?
It is taking me forever to read all the useful info on this forum.


All the best,

Kiah and Micah

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#19 2012-05-05 06:45:59

kenya
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From: Stratford, Ontario
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers


Mr Black is handsome!

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#20 2012-05-05 11:24:24

Lisa
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From: near Arthur, Ontario, Canada
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

MD,

I had to make the hatch/don't hatch pullet eggs decision too. Given the rarity of the birds, and how few I had (one predator would have taken out the lot), I decided not to wait. I know chicks from older birds are supposed to be stronger - but the eo's don't seem to have gotten the memo... =D

It has meant I'm breeding from girls who aren't quite "finished" - I've noticed they are still changing. But I also figured the genetics was so mixed up at present, that we aren't really sure what we're getting anyway. And so far, in our area, it's been easy to re-home pullets that turn out to be the wrong colour.

Also, I was just plain impatient.... :lol:


When all else fails, go spend time with your chickens. :)

Pens are currently filled with Red Cuckoo (Marraduna) and Red Basque (Gorria) breeders, Spitz, and Seramas.

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#21 2012-05-05 12:34:39

Island Girl
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Re: Round One and Round Two keepers

MD you summed that up very nicely. I believe our hatches were at similar times and I am now also deciding who goes and who stays. As for hatching pullet eggs I decided instead to get more hatching eggs from Susan and Claire this spring but maybe later on in the summer I will give it a try. My only concern for downsizing early is that I am shocked at how much my roos have changed in just the past few weeks. I had 3 roos that I had posted about and the roo that I was sure would be the one going to freezer camp has now turned out to be the largest one of the lot. The only reason I didn't get rid of him earlier was because he was slow in starting to crow! I am so glad that I hung onto him as he is the one with the best color (very similar to your Mr Black) but doesn't have his lovely yellow legs. Patience is so difficult when it comes to this choosing and hatching stuff, :whistle:

XOX Monika

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