Post by d12chandler on Feb 9, 2011 20:09:52 GMT -5
I wouldn't think 5 would be to many if you had the room. Back in my early time when I had big buffs, I kept 6 or 8, you never know when you might need one. Those guys can change as they go along. If you are going to show cock birds the next year might as well be prepared.
I read Matt Lhamon saying to keep 5. He said one would be sterile or uninterested in breeding, one would croak, one would get eaten by predators leaving 2 or so left to make it happen. The one I would get rid of now is the son of Julie's cock bird that you seen at the Ohio Natl's in 2009. I call her Blue cock DOC. And his son is the spittin image of DOC. So, he would be the one to move on. But, he too like DOC is a wide load, with good lacing and good color. So, I guess he is here to stay UNTIL one of the youngers ones bumps him off. And I have a nice young darker cockerel growing out from an October hatch who could be worthy.
We just got fed and have the infamous just hanging out and eating pics. I will get some later when their done. I don't mind the shade of Blue. However I will need to work on the lacing.
I have 2 adult Blue hens I like and one who will be getting a new home. My male has a cut-awat-breast which I don't like but he is a large boy. So, this is the first year I will try Tom Kernan's Blue lacing plan and take my best 2 Blue hens to my best Black cockerel from this past seaon. And take my Blue boy to a pair of my best full rounded chest Blacks. Then repeat the process the following season.
Last Edit: Nov 7, 2011 11:01:58 GMT -5 by lildinkem
I finally sold off my smallest Blue hen. And am down to only 2 Blue hens and Spanky their bro. I know many who visit this site come here for the main reason to learn on how to breed for Exhibition quality. And I know I and Doug have mentioned Tom Kernan's way of breeding for Blues. This year I am dedicating myself and my Blues to only going for the Kernan plan. Breed the Blue to each other to get a few high quality Blacks. then next year breed those Blacks BACK to these two outstanding daughters from Bammachicken's boy DOC. The goal is to improve the lacing and maintain the light color for exception quality. Last season I sorta did not focus on my Blues. But now I am. Here is my Big Betty Blue hen and her sister who are the only ones I will breed from for Blues this coming season.