When it comes to the breeding season we have to consider whether the birds are fit and ready for breeding, you can never force your birds you must remember we are dealing with livestock. Try to pair up a minimum of at least four pairs at a time, this maybe differcult sometimes when you only run a small stud and was one of my problems last year.
On one occasion last year having only one pair down the hen died and all the fertile eggs were lost through not having any foster pairs available, a champion breeder told me at one of the local club meetings it’s harder to breed with a small number of cages. Using good foster pairs whom l know are good parents will be used when the need arises by transferring eggs from a good pair to these foster pairs so as to maximise the good pair breeding percentages.
Some maiden hens fail to feed new born chicks and this is a occasion when a foster pair maybe used to give the chick it’s first feed and then you can then either transfer the chick back or leave the chick be.
How many rounds do you let your pairs have (round is the breeding cycle) the hen will lay a egg normally every other day and usually lay between four to eight but it has been known some hens can lay even more. My preference is to let the hen have two rounds, on occasions if l have a outstanding pair the pair they will be allowed to continue breeding. Bill told me a hen will tell you when she has had enough and believe me you will soon know.
The hen will trash the eggs or as l experience last season after two trouble free rounds and the hen showed no signs stress but she had other idea’s and when checking the birds after work l found the hen had attacked cock with such vengeance he died soon after finding him. The hen is now in the main flight and has shown no aggression to the other birds but l have made a note in computerised records