My main challenge will be producing birds of the same high standard as before. After loosing most of my breeding flocks to the fox last year I am starting 2015 with new breeding groups. All the birds however are still from my own blood lines, just different combinations.It will be interesting to see the results.
Sadly, this year I won't be breeding Gold Duckwing Welsummers as I lost both my cockerels to the fox, something however to look forward to in 2016 !
Still very early to tell but the hatching season has got off to a good start with the eggs placed in the incubator just over a week ago candling at 100% fertile for the Exchequer Leghorns and 78% for the Light Sussex.
New for 2015 will be Pekin Bantams. Bantams are new to me, having only bred 'utility' birds previously. I have however become quite attached to the little group I have. They may be small but have big personalities and are very friendly, ideal for a garden set up.
Heading the little flock is a Lavender Cuckoo Pekin cockerel. I've never known a bird to 'love' the camera quite as much as he appears to. He presides over a group of 4 pekin hens, one black, one lavender cuckoo, one milliefleur and a brown frizzle, all lovely with their individual personalities.
Also new for 2015 will be 'Project Gold Top' I am hoping to produce super broody hens - Gold Tops. My breeding group will be 2 Gold Silkie cockerels and a trio or quartet of Light Sussex hens.The hens are from a traditional, large, heavy breed line who still have the tendency to 'go broody'.
2015 - interesting times ahead. Why not follow the daily comings and goings here