I'd love to see anyone's breeds or hybrids in the making. Even if its just a fun little project, I'd love to know how and why these chickens were bred and see pictures of them and their parents.
Currently I'm working on my own breeding project to develop a large bantam called a Dalmatian. They are beautiful, sweet tempered, good layers, very cold hardy, good foragers, good broodies (they have silkie in their genetics), early maturing, large enough to cover a large amount of eggs or produce a fair amount of meat, but small enough to be good pets, economical and lay cute, little eggs.
I'm very early in my production of them, but one day I hope to sell them, as they are extremely awesome little guys.
Here are a bunch of pictures Feel free to post a bunch of your own!!
Dodie (named after the author of 101 Dalmatians) has a single comb, but other then that fits the dalmatian shape very well. I'm hoping to develop them to have 4 toes and not 5, a small crest, a rose comb, and warming but not overly fluffy feathers.
Dove is a Dalmatian that doesn't follow the "standard". She has feathered legs but no black spots, no crest, and has a too thin and long body and tail. However, she carries the genetics for dalmatians and so I'm keeping her in my breeding flock
Goldie (one of my original 4 dalmatians) showing that she has lighter eyes then her sister, one of the best ways to tell them apart
Dastan just minutes after hatching. He is so cute!! My silkie adopted him because he was a late hatcher under his Dalmatian mother (the eggs cooled when she got trapped off the eggs for a while so they hatched at different times)
Dove perched on her adopted daddies back, Dominator
Dastan as a teen, thinking he is so cool
I think this is Susie when she is young, because of the black spot on her wing (that's what defines her)
One of the original starting crosses, we called them Banshees because they were so aggressive. The hens even crowd! Needless to say, we got rid of all of them.
Amber, who we had to put down because she was partially paralyzed. She was a sweetie
Susie (Black-eyed Susan) with her four chicks. She was a good mother, but she "weaned" them very early.
Susie with her brothers, when they were young
Little Dude, showing no crest, foot feathering, and a single comb. However, he is so very sweet! I'm not sure if I'm keeping as a breeding rooster or not
Little Dude with his partial brother (not sure how much) Santos, after just hatching. He is showing the typical white down feathers (not yellow) with black spotting
Pip Squeak, the grandmother of the dalmatians, raising her grand children
Pip's four dalmatian chicks, showing the black spots. The two roosters developed red spots and light skin while the girls both had grey skin and black spots. It was pretty neat actually.
One of the boys, showing his red spotting and pink skin and comb
One of the bros all grown up with his grandmother, a random RIR and Susie, showing off their foraging skills
One of the bros, showing how his spots are next to nil.
Two Dalmatian mixes raised with four standard chicks (the two on the right are the dalmatian mixes, Dastan and Dove)
Dastan showing off how incredibly handsome he is! He has the beard/muff (forget which one it is called) things seen on the original Dalmatians but is lacking the spots or crest. However, he does have spotted skin on his legs, which looks really cool
Ruby (originally Rudy), showing off her great-grandmothers red pyle coloring
Perching for the night, you can see them mixing with the standards, since they were raised together
Tad (she has silkie feathering), Ruby and Dodie in that order from left to right
Thanks for looking at my birds!