My Breeds

I try to breed my large-fowl for utility, selecting the Barnevelders and Faverolles from the most prolific hens that lay early and late in the season and from the cockerels which grow fastest. Traditional utility breeds will not lay as much as a purpose-bred laying hybrid in it’s first year. But hybrids are often ‘spent’ by the time they are two years old (which is why ‘ex-battery’ hens are dumped when they start to moult after twelve months). A traditional utility hen will live longer and be productive over a longer time period.