Part 1: An Introduction
Over the next few weeks I will be writing about that seasonal thing - breeding. I will try to explain what cockerel to use, and why. If you have a few hens, you probably wonder if you can breed from them. Of course you can. But how? That depends what you want.
If your main interest in chickens is to get lovely fresh eggs, and you are not really interested in any particular breed, then you have many options, and I will be suggesting a few.
Another group of chicken-keepers are the ones that keep a particular breed, and want to keep this breed pure. At the same time, they want to make each generation of chicks slightly better than the previous, either for show or utility, or simply because they like that particular breed and want to play a little part in making sure that it will live on and prosper.
The third group of poultry-folk are the ones that keep very rare breeds with a very limited number of strains to breed from. They need to plan their breeding a bit more, but there is no hocus-pocus in doing that. As I said, it just takes a bit more planning. Unfortunately, there are many enthusiasts that would love to have a go, but think it is too complicated. I will try to help you to understand how to make YOUR breed better.