My first hatch will be a "Colorful Egg Basket" mix. By having a Dark Brown-Egg (French Coppered Black Marans) Roo in the breeding pen with blue-egg (Easter Egger) and dark brown-egg (FCBM) hens, eggs will produce babies who carry genes for either dark brown or olive egg color: pure FCBMs, and Olive Eggers.
|Soon to be Daddy, Jules, an FCBM roo|
This weekend we'll get our materials together and build our first breeding pen, meant to temporarily keep desired love matches together (and away from opportunity-seeking roosters who are no respecter of genetics programs). This will be a secure pen attached to a coop, inside their normal extremely large pen.
It will take about one week for hens system's to "clear" previously mated Roos' genetic material and to be fertilized by the desired roo. After one week, I will begin collecting eggs, labeling them with regard to date laid, and storing them for hatching. Ideally, eggs that you are holding to hatch will be stored in an egg carton at a temperature of about 55-60 degrees. Unheated rooms or back porches are great for this. Refrigeration is NOT a good idea (though to be honest, I can point out three birds in my current flock born from eggs that were put in the fridge for a few days before I "scrambled" for a clutch to put under a suddenly broody hen). Eggs should be hatched in an incubator, or put under a broody, within 10 days maximum, though I usually try for no more than 7 when possible.
|An FCBM hen--they are notable for broodiness|
|I'll be hatching FCBMs (will lay eggs like the dark brown ones here)|
|And Olive Eggers (will lay eggs similar to the greens here)|
Interested? Comment and let me know what you want...I'll hatch based on the interest of folks here.