This is a continuation of our weekend series discussing the basic concepts and considerations in breeding game fowls.
It is originally published in the site gamecock care.
Step 6. Managing Brood Fowl
It is often said that if two cockers were given identical bloodlines, it would take just a few generations for the descendants of the original parent fowl to look and act completely different. Most of this phenomenon may be related to a different emphasis on specific traits when selecting brood fowl, and it is also related to differing environments (soil, water, climate, feed). However, another significant effect is due to management.
For example, one management technique is to supply artificial lighting to stimulate early egg production. Early eggs mean earlier chicks, which tends to produce larger adult fowl than those hatched in late spring. This simple management technique can have a significant impact on body size. Another example is the effect of the health of the brood fowl upon the health of the offspring. Since health is one of the most important traits we select for, we must manage the brood fowl to maximize health.
The following generic recommendations should be considered to optimize the productivity and performance of the brood fowl. Specific management techniques should be employed in certain situations (e.g., disease; predators; environmental conditions, etc.).