I am looking for contributors for this blog. What is needed a good background in chicken genetics.
You don’t necessarily have to grow genetic hackle birds but a knowledge and actively raising chickens is needed.
Here is some topics I am looking for.
color genetics in chickens
stories about the history of raising genetic hackle
If you feel you fit the bill and are willing to contribute just respond in the comments and make sure to leave a working email and I will contact you ASAP to make arrangements to get started.
I noticed a few more people raising genetic hackle chickens this year.
Please send your pictures in, I would love to post them they are such a beautiful bird all on their own the next step for ornamental chickens.
Here is the first group of eggs for 2013 going into the incubator. 3 trays of eggs consisting of phoenix/phoenix cross eggs, the blue/green eggs are the Araucana eggs also included some duck and turkey eggs all ready to go into the incubator.
This group of eggs have hatched they were about 99% for fertility with about a 70-80% hatch rate.
Unfortunately I made a very basic beginner mistake of not positioning the heat lamp in a proper location resulting in about a 50% lost of the hackle producing chickens.
I placed my heat lamp to close to one corner of the pen thinking if the chicks were too hot they would go to the other end to escape the heat, instead they all crowded in the smallest area of the pen piled on top of each other resulting in many dieing.
I would of never thought they would of done this but instead go to the other area of the pen to escape the heat.
My solution was to place the lamp smack in the middle of the pen giving them equal space at all sides and the chicks started behaving as expected sitting around the edges of the lamp and away from the walls of their pen.
Sad but very valuable lesson to learn, never would of thought this could happen since the pen they are in is very large.
HI It’s been a while since I posted to this blog about Genetic Hackle and everything related to raising these unique chickens raised for feathers.
I have a few ideas brewing to increase the membership of the federation of hackle producing chicken breeders.
I had a banner year in 2012 since I purchased a large egg incubator. I was able to see a much larger range of the genetics my hackle producing chickens.
The 2012 season I was very lucky to see 8 roosters which carry the traits of cree/variants. This spring I took the best of the group and bred him back to my original line and also to the cross of phoneix rooster and aracauna hens.
Here is a pic of my new breeding cree/variant type rooster for 2013. I picked him because he had the largest spey type cape hackles. If you look beyond him notice the phoenix hens along with his Araucana hens eating breakfast and free ranging for the day.
If you have a story about your genetic hackle and want to contribute your stories on this blog just contact me and lets see how we can share stories and pictures.