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Cornish man

  • Joined Mar 2021
Re: North Holland Blue
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2021, 08:55:16 pm »
The NHB UK Breeders group have a a decent season we have now got 10 breeding groups.
They are either pure bred UK NHBs or pure UK cocks with UK X Dutch hens.
All the inferior birds have gone to laying homes and all inferior cocks are being eaten.
The results have been encouraging itís great to have breeders all working together, no politics, nothing is sold we give and exchange no dealers or e bay/ Facebook egg sellers.
If this continues we maybe in a position to place birds in two years time.

Cornish man

  • Joined Mar 2021
Re: North Holland Blue
« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2022, 07:33:07 pm »
A good start for 2022,  37 from one breeder all feather legged and 21 with another.
We have another 30 in the incubator and about 60 going in soon and the main breeding groups are only just kicking off!
 Itís down to us all being organised well done RM and working together for the breed and itís well being and future.
Not a penny changes hands for eggs, birds and travelling and we are moving on from just 28 birds  two years ago.
We will produce the birds for people who are interested in itís well being NOT the eBay and Facebook egg sellers and dealers who donít give a fig for the breed.
This is a good utility breed it lays a good sized egg and enough of them and kills out well itís not been ruined like a number of breeds for the show bench.
Hoping for better to come.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: North Holland Blue
« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2022, 08:56:59 am »
Congratulations, sounds like the hard work and devotion is paying off.  Best of luck for another successful year, and looking forward to your next update.

Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

arobwk

  • Joined Nov 2015
  • Kernow: despoiled in summer and villages left half-empty in winter.
Re: North Holland Blue
« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2022, 06:46:16 pm »
Congratulations, sounds like the hard work and devotion is paying off.  Best of luck for another successful year, and looking forward to your next update.


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Penninehillbilly

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: North Holland Blue
« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2022, 08:59:21 pm »
Just come across this post.
TBH cornish man, id never heard of these, ive been reading up on them, they sound a very useful breed, but how are they coping with avian lockdown? It sounds like they like free ranging and need lots of space.

Cornish man

  • Joined Mar 2021
Re: North Holland Blue
« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2022, 06:08:57 pm »
No problem whatsoever, I have large sheds and use a big old Shire horse loose box.
I only keep three quintets never overstock they are fine like that plenty of good clean straw.
They are big birds which need space if you remember that theirs no problem.
Most new poultry keepers keep too many birds in cramped conditions. Keep less of better quality, Also too many people keep too many breeds and have no depth and canít breed enough of quality.
Keep one or two breeds maximum and have space for rearing young stock now how many do that?

Cornish man

  • Joined Mar 2021
Re: North Holland Blue
« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2022, 09:35:41 am »
The plan for this year is to breed as many birds as possible from pure uk cocks on first x hens.
All the cocks bred from this x will go for table birds and the best feather legged hen all retained.
Then for next year only this years pullets second x will be used on pure bred uk cocks.
The small number of uk pure birds will be bred pure for cockerel production.
All the first x hens are going out to local people for layers and will not be used again in the programme unless their are any disaster and we know where they will be.
Then we should be in a far stronger place as the Dutch NHBs we have used ď onlyĒ hens are smaller, lay smaller eggs and do not carry the weight of the UK birds and are far more show than commercial.
We want commercial type birds than eat well and lay well showing isnít really important to us.

 

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