Things To Consider When Purchasing Broodfowl

Recently in an article in Poultry Press, Kenny Troiano makes a few good points when considering purchasing broodfowl for those of us who strive to be true breeders.

BEWARE THE CHICKEN PEDDLER

“A peddler only breeds to produce as many fowl as possible. Rarely does he cull, and in most cases, he will raise and keep every bird with the hopes of making money. The bird can be good, bad or mediocre, but to peddlers all fowl have a cash value. He will sell his broodfowl and their offspring. A true breeder, on the other hand, will never sell his broodfowl. To a peddler, brood fowl are easily replaced, but to a true breeder, broodfowl are irreplaceable.

Each and every year, a peddler will hatch as many fowl as possible, sell every one of them for as much as he can get, and then look for new fowl to replace the ones he sold. This is why there are so many inferior fowl out there, and why so many beginners are getting discouraged, and eventually quit.”

SELECT YOUR FOWL IN PERSON

“When purchasing broodfowl, it is by all means advisable to make a personal visit to the breeder’s farm. This will give you the opportunity to select the best fowl possible, and a chance to look over the health of the breeder’s birds, and management and his farm.

As you look over the breeder’s birds, make sure to assess his farm and its cleanliness. If his farm is in worse condition than yours, leave. You do not want to bring home a bird that might carry an infectious disease.”

NO BIRD IS PERFECT

“Although I don’t want to seem nonchalant or insensitive about your concerns, you must understand that no bird is perfect. Flaws and imperfections are things to be guarded against, but are found in all birds to some extent. In fact, it is quite normal to see a slight flaw or two when purchasing birds.

A bird, which is good overall, but may have one or more slight flaws or imperfections, which are not genetic defects or breed disqualifications, is a good bird and usually worth the money you paid for it.”

WATCH FOR DEFECTS

“Although I don’t want to seem nonchalant or insensitive about your concerns, you must understand that no bird is perfect. Flaws and imperfections are things to be guarded against, but are found in all birds to some extent. In fact, it is quite normal to see a slight flaw or two when purchasing birds.

A bird, which is good overall, but may have one or more slight flaws or imperfections, which are not genetic defects or breed disqualifications, is a good bird and usually worth the money you paid for it.”

THE GOAL

“Take your time and find fowl that are free of defects, and are of good health. The last thing you want to do is start with broodfowl that lack a strong, healthy constitution.

Select broodfowl that have good constitutional vigor, and have a good genetic resistance to disease.”

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