We bought her to be butchered together with 24 other hens. She was the last one up when she managed to got free from the strings. We did not bother catching her as we already butchered 24 pullets/hens and thought she will have her day in the future.
She stole her nest under a tree where rain ruin most of her eggs as we just let her be. So she hatched 2 chicks, I do not know how, as it rained a lot and her nest is rained on heavily. This was her first batch of chicks in our yard. A grey stag and a red pullet. The grey stag with green shanks got her constitution and conformation. The red pullet with green shanks is smoother in body and more like a gamecock strain than a meat strain. All of her hatched chicks this time are single comb.
Then she again stole her nest under the rain and her chicks are with her even though she is brooding again. This time she hatched 4 chicks. One red pullet with green shanks have her constitution and conformation. The rest with green shanks, pullets and stags, got smoother bodies like a gamecock strain. All of her hatched chicks this time are single comb.
On her third hatch, she hatched 3 chicks under the rain. One red pullet with green shanks got her constitution and conformation. The other two with green shanks, a red pullet and a grey stag, got smoother bodies like a gamecock. All of her hatched chicks this time are single comb.
As of now, you might be singing with a chorus as my story is like a song lyric that keep repeating.
All of the smoother bodies, pullets and stags, died due to illness before they reached 3 months.
From these I learned that:
1. Gamecocks at our yard have recessive genes of green shanks
2. Gamecocks at our yard have recessive genes of single combs
3. Green shanks inheritance does not mean inheritance of her resistance to illness
4. Constitution and conformation inheritance may also come with health resistance
5. Genetics Science might be true – Grey hen and red cock will produced grey stag and red pullet all the time
I can then apply this findings into advantages in breeding only for this particular hen. The only thing is that she is not even gamecock strain. She was supposed to be the brooding hen and surrogate mother to our gamecock eggs and chicks. To this date, she is only responsible of hatching 8 eggs of our gamecock strain. She always stole her nest where rain or rats or cats can get the eggs or chicks.
I talked to one of our tenants about kabir chickens. He told me that he went to a kabir farmer and wanted to get two laying hens that will set on her own eggs. The kabir farmer told him the the pullet will hatched most of her young but on her second set of eggs the pullet will daily pick on her own eggs day by day when she goes down her nest. So our tenant bought two pullets and on their second set of eggs the supposedly “egg picking” behavior manifested, so our tenant told me.
It is uncanny, as I observed the same daily or what look like egg picking. Seeing an egg disappeared on the nest and it will be on the ground 4-5 meters from the nest. But my conclusion was that she encountered rats last night and she was just cleaning the nest up. Removing the broken egg from spoiling the rest of the eggs. I still think they have a good traits as brooding hen and mothers.
Need to get these kind of observation to my brood pullets and hens. It may help me breed them better like instead of resistance to illness tied with constitution and conformation, I may hopefully identify a “physical” phenotype that is tied with her pedigree “fighting style and gameness” phenotype/genotype.
PS. She might be a cross of kabir and not a pure kabir