|Look at this happy cockeral, he just adores his owner|
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
|16 week old cockeral|
|16 weeks old|
I am growing out 9 DG Welsummer cockerals for show birds. Each one is in its own pen with a steady supply of food (20%) and fresh water with Red Cell. They range from 2 to 3 months old. These cockerals are from my DG line. These birds seem to all hatch out and grow fast and keep the same look as their father. I see no faults with them so far. They are lucky because they would make great BBQ chicken. As big and plump as these birds are, they are an excellent dual purpose bird. My hens lay speckled and dark brown eggs. When its really hot my Welsummer eggs tend to get a shade lighter, but these girls lay well in our Texas heat. Its 100 degrees or hotter daily now.
|Dark speckled Welsummer egg - Hen # 1|
|Pullet #2 egg|
|pullet #1 egg|
|Pullet # 3 egg|
|Parents of these cockerals|
|Front row of diverse colored Welsummer eggs.|
|Large Speckled Welsummer Eggs|
|Large Darker Brown Welsummer eggs|
|Cockeral # 4 - 12 weeks old|
Sunday, April 3, 2011
|Young cockeral from DG line|
|3 more cockerals from DG line|
These are the chicks that are pictured below about a month later. Look how fast they are growing. I was feeding them turkey starter for awhile which is 24% now they are on 20%.
I am growing out 9 cockerals that were selected out of 10. They currently are in a pen with other breeds. I am letting these 5 males grow out and will post pics monthly as they progress. They are from the DG line (a trio that I purchased from Don.) Don has already been focused on these birds for 12 years and out of all the Welsummers that I have seen I was partial to these. They had so many great qualities. I will keep you all posted.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
|Continental Class Champion Welsummer Hen|
Monday, February 21, 2011
|One month old cockeral #1|
|One month old cockeral #2|
|More Welsummer chicks|
Saturday, January 29, 2011
|The two chicks facing to the front are males with lighter lines|
|The outer 2 females have the darker eyeliner near the corner of their eyes.|
The 2 in the middle are males.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
|Carefully selected breeding pen of Welsummers|
1. The breeder should know the purpose of the breeding and the standard to which the birds are to be bred. It may be for size, weight, egg production, meat quality or combination of these factors. For example, poorly bred hens are often voracious feeders, but because they are not bred for egg production, they do not lay correspondingly large number of eggs. The efficiency of conversion of feed into the eggs is an inherited trait and can only be reproduced in the succeeding generations by careful selection and breeding.
2. Breeding should be done from parents which conform as closely as possible to their breed in standard of perfection.
3. In selection and mating, all the birds which do not possess the desired standards should be culled.
4. For a successful breeding, selection must be practiced continuously and carefully, from the hatching to maturity.
5. Environment plays an important part in breeding. So a favorable condition should be created in respect of housing, feeding, sanitation and general care.
6. Pedigree breeding is an important practice wherein efficiency of matings can be measured and the selection and mating operations modified to ensure improvement. This is only possible with well-established plans that require a lot of expertise, accurate mating and breeding rewards.