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It took me a number of years to breed the strains I have now. Selecting and re selecting the best layers that still held to the standard of the breed. I guarantee this strain lay more than enough eggs to warrant keeping them. I have them in a number of colours including Dark laced, Light laced, jubilee and red/white.
This breed is usually involved in a cross with other breeds to produce a table bird. The only downside of some strains of pure Indians are the laying abilities. Keeping the Cocks fit and not fat can also be a problem. Do not over feed with pellets, as they contain too much protein and free-range if at all possible. If you feel uncomfortable about not feeding pellets, give just a small handful in a grain mix.
I keep 20 hens and 7 cocks in this breed and they are penned in small groups in the breeding season.
When keeping Indians for breeding, fitness is the key to getting good hatch results.Penned in a run that does not give them enough room they get fat and lazy and the cocks are not as virile as they need to be to pin down a hen and mate her.
You cannot judge a cock in it’s first year, as it’s not mature untill around 18 months.In thier first year as cockerels just reaching maturity I run them on totally free-range along with a flock of eating egg hens.These birds are some of the ones that didn’t quite make it to the breeding pens and the Indian Cockerels keep very fit chasing around trying to mate them,that and the fact that other cockerels try to stop them.There are no serious fights, as they have plenty of room and Ben (senior poultry dog) brakes up any scraps and forced matings.