If you're not into the chickens, you should skip this post.
I was waiting for a sunny and non-muddy day to sort birds. Today was sunny, but still muddy, but I decided to go ahead and start the "what to do with the chickens" process. See, I can't really figure out what to do til I know what I got, right?
FYI, C= male over a year, K= male under a year, H= female over a year, P= female under a year
Here's what I found:
4 large hens in egg layer flock (all will stay)
10 "pet quality" Rosecombs to either take to auction or sell as pets, mostly young, various faults make them non-breeder birds (all will go)
Of the following listings, at least a dozen will be kept, the rest sold. All are cream of the crop birds, my breeding pens, the best stuff I have.
4C (two are 100% my line, 2 are 50% my line)
3K (all 75% my line)
5H (2 are 100% my line, 3 are 50%)
6P (all 75%)
BLACK BREASTED RED:
3C (two are sentimental old "keepers" that have faults that should not be bred from)
(I hatched no pure BBReds last year, only BBRed X Black, see next list)
BLACK BREASTED RED X BLACK:
(this was done to improve type, all are "Black Red" in color and need to be bred back to BBRed, or to each other)
2H (1 is "keeper" due to being extremely old)
BLUE BRASSY BACK:
BLUE (not purebred, he is from Blue Brassy Back X Black):
BLUE SPLASH (may throw brassy genes?):
1H (high % Old English)
So.... now I need to figure out how they would best be paired/penned for breeding (can do this on paper) and then figure out what I want to keep, and what to sell.
Here's everyone getting sorted (no they don't normally live in little cages!)
Oh yeah, and I went down to what used to be my "home" poultry show yesterday for a couple hours to drop off some birds. It was weird. I enjoyed visiting with a few good friends (who I seem to be able to count on one hand these days) but over all really didn't feel comfortable. I was amazed how many unfamiliar faces are there! Wow. Thank goodness for a few friends, and a good dinner and conversation after leaving the fairgrounds. :-) To REJ, I'm sorry I forgot the cream puff!!! You were sweet to save it for me, unfortunately I didn't remember it til I was halfway home. :-(