Breeding strategies for Hungarian Yellow Chickens

Posted by: Robbie

Breeding strategies for Hungarian Yellow Chickens - 09/12/15 08:09 AM

I have the opportunity to acquire some Hungarian Yellow chickens. These, being the Canadian birds, all descend from one flock and I would be getting eggs from a smaller sub population. I will be (hopefully) getting 4 dozen eggs, but they would be shipped from far away and the usual rule of thumb is to expect 25% hatch- so I'd probably be starting out with around 12 individuals at most. The opportunity to add new "blood" is limited. Does anyone have any advice regarding the best breeding strategy to ensure a healthy, thriving flock? I do have a copy of the Hungarian Standard and Lamon's Mating and Breeding of Poultry but that's it and my experience breeding and selecting chickens is (extremely) limited. Thanks.
Posted by: Robbie

Re: Breeding strategies for Hungarian Yellow Chickens - 09/14/15 09:01 AM

Is there anyone out there in Europe (or other than Canada) who has experience with this breed? Any thoughts? Including Run away, it's a trap?
Posted by: Berend

Re: Breeding strategies for Hungarian Yellow Chickens - 09/15/15 04:48 AM

No Hungarian Yellow on this European (EE) breed list:
http://www.entente-ee.com/englisch/index_englisch.html

DNA research from Hungaria:
http://www.szie.hu/file/tti/archivum/Bodzsar_Nora_thezis.pdf
Posted by: Robbie

Re: Breeding strategies for Hungarian Yellow Chickens - 09/16/15 02:31 PM

Thanks Berend. I will have to look into the breeding methods used in Hungary as it seems to be successful at maintaining diversity.