Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Welsummer - New Blood line
8 little chicks ....the start of my new blood line. (click on image to enlarge)
These eight little chicks are the end result of the two broodies who sat together throughout their incubation.
The hatch went well, each hen having 4 chicks.
Feeling a little guilty, as the hens had been so close, I decided for practical reasons it would make sense for just one of the hens to rear all the young. So one hen was chosen and the other returned to the flock. The chosen hen has taken to motherhood well, the other is still broody, despite being moved and placed in amongst strange hens...she is determined!
The chicks are Partridge Welsummer, hopefully from good parent stock. I will choose a couple of the best pullets to start a new blood line with a Gold Duckwing Welsummer cockerel I kept back from last year's hatch. ( son of my present breeding cock ).