Who all here is working on fibro projects? I am working on one, and am curious about the first generation results I've gotten so far.
Anyway, I wasn't expecting the F1 crosses to be so fibro. More, mulberry faces and not so black, like an F1 silkie cross. Here is a picture of one. I will try to get some of the older pullet tomorrow. The older one is probably the best, she only has one black toenail. The others have a few more clear toenails, but all have jet black skin and coal black insides of their mouths.
Sadly, there are only three survivors so far this year (have a hen on five eggs, fingers crossed). For some reason the cemani Xs are really fragile in the incubator. They'd gestate full term then die in the shell while eggs of other breeds incubated alongside just fine. Even some from the same hen, but fathered by a different non cemani rooster had a 90% hatch rate vs. the less than 10% these had. All of the babies dead in the eggs were the same level of fibro as this chick. Black to the bone.
Mom is a 4 year old australorp. She's a daily layer after all these years, very hardy and survived several disease outbreaks at my friend's house without showing any symptoms, which is why I borrowed her for this project. Hoping the three survivors will bring some of that to the next generation.
Dad is pure cemani, not GF or Toni-Marie lines. The woman I got him from was having a terrible time with color leaking in the hackles of the cockerels. My boy was a hold back, all black nails, fibro as could be as a chick but then got some gold leaking in his adult feathers. Perfect for my project though, he has cool golden eyebrows. lol
If anybody else has pictures of their F1 fibro cross birds, I'd love to see them!