Nicholson of Scratch Cradle
Late January to mid-February is the ideal time to set-up breeding pens for spring hatching. Hens sometimes require a few weeks to warm up to a new rooster, and they can store rooster’s genetic material for up to a month. To be sure that you are setting eggs from your most recent pairing, wait until the breeding group has been together for at least two weeks and a full month if you want to be certain of parentage.
|Provide breeders with extra nutrition.|
|Label individual eggs and keep records of parentage by individual or breeding pen.|
You can read more about traits to select for and against in "Setting Up Breeding Pens Part 2" on Scratch Cradle.