Where to start – establishing the Clans
Select your initial stock. This will generally be determined by the number of unrelated cockerels you have. If you have just one cockerel you will have one clan, 2 unrelated cockerels 2 clans etc. Name the clans with a name and A, B, C etc
If you are an experienced breeder you may have already established pens of separate strains or blood lines and this is a perfect place to start. You may have been Line Breeding or just picking the best from each pen each year. Pick your best and most diverse birds. You may know how they are related to each other so keep those breeding lines separate if possible.
Imagine after selection we have six breeding birds, three hens and three cocks. Although in reality you could start with three trios or 3 quads. We assign each hen and each cock to one of three clans let’s call them Red, Green and Blue (in that order). We might have good reason for assigning breeding stock to one clan rather than another, but the initial assignment can be entirely arbitrary. Once assigned, however, each bird remains in its designated clan for life.