Hubby’s Hobby, Breeding Roosters and Backyard Poultry
I am married to a man with sizzling hot passion for breeding roosters. During this enhanced community quarantine, I got to observe his hard labor. I was so curious as to why he’s up so early every day so I tried monitoring his daily activities when I am not working from home.
According to hubby, these roosters cost high-end cell phone and I find it so ridiculous. But his friend owns a farm and he sold it to him for an affordable price. He’s doing a tedious job of bringing the hens one by one every morning and afternoon for mating.
Yes, they’re in separate cages and his reasoning is to avoid stressing the hens. He came up with this decision after several cycles of breeding. And most likely, because he has a lot of spare time this quarantine.
He’s following the ratio of one rooster to twelve hens and usually the most popular, flock method. The easiest is to place them all in one cage unlike what my husband is doing. Breeding in pairs or trios is costly because you need to buy more roosters.
You do the math for twelve roosters in case you want to breed in pairs or trios. Do not forget to multiply it to a high-end cell phone. In case you buy cheaper roosters, it may not guarantee a good breed, so low marketability.
The downside of flock method is that you do not have a controlled mating environment. Breeding in pairs or trios, you know which hens have been bred by which roosters. What amazes me is that my husband can identify the popular breed just by looking at it. Unbelievable!
For the ratio of one rooster to twelve hens, they can produce an average of five eggs daily. Since this is a backyard breeding, merely a hobby, my husband bought manual incubator that can hatch maximum of 70 eggs. Eggs hatch after 21 days. Another task is to gently rotate the eggs daily to prevent the insides from sticking. About 70% yield is expected. It means seven chicks usually come out of ten eggs.
Once hatched, he’s still keeping it inside the incubator for heat for another day. He calls it hatcher basket located at the bottom part of the incubator. Then he transfers them to brooder cage with enough space so that they can keep warm without crowding, piling up or smothering. After two weeks to one month, he puts the chicks to roam in a large space with nets. He believes they will grow larger and stronger if he allows them to walk, fly, jump to their hearts content! Ha!
Ready to sell roosters and hens
Three months and up, roosters tend to get aggressive so he takes them out of the cage to scratch pens. About 40% to 50% are females but he can also sell the hens for a cheaper price than roosters. He usually sells them young because he’s not into rooster fighting or “sabong”. He regularly disinfects the cage and gives them vaccines, medicines and not to forget, water, vitamins and feeds daily.
Day and night, during this quarantine, he happily looks forward to it. I got to see how his eyes sparkle (yes, overreacting) while he’s feeding them. As for me, the only thing I like about it is that our eggs are free.
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