The rest of the coloring matches the other SS so maybe an EE rooster snuck in with the SS hens for a bit?
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Ralphie I saw your post on the Legbar . I am really disappointed in the breed and efforts for a standard . First the term duckwing is misunderstood by most . It is the blue area on a mallard wing . Compares to secondaries on a chicken . All Legbar are duckwing . Had this discussion with ChicKat before . They were saying back then that Legbar should be crow wing . Crow wing is the Birchen , Brown Red , and black copper . Black in that area of the wing like a crow's wing .
First they want a dual purpose size out of a Leghorn based breed . Difficult
Now they want crisp barring . You need slow feathering gene to get crisp barring . Leghorn and most breeds are fast growing feathers . This produces cuckoo . Blurred barring . So again difficult .
Single combs and crest do not work well = crooked combs . So difficult .
I am sure they will pick types of color that will require double mating . Cockerel line that produces show cockerels / cocks . Then a pullet line to produce pullets / hens for show . Again difficult .
Punnet probably never intended to make show birds . He was interested in genetics . He wanted to prove you could get blue eggs with single combs . He chose cream since it was a rare or odd gene . Created a true breeding golden duckwing color . Barring for auto sexing . He was having fun IMO . Just a good layer of blue eggs that is easy to sex .
Now for the crooked combs I read years ago that some of the old stringmen ( show people ) would insert a surgical needle in cockerel combs to keep them straight in summer grown cockerels . They removed them later when the comb was done growing .
So in a nut shell the standard will be stacked against you . Very old trick IMO .Only those in the know will be able to win .
Hmmm looks like a rant . OK rant over .
I am so glad to see you say this!
As you know I have been the lone voice there complaining about a proposed SOP that is impossible to reach. I understand the difference between show and production. BUT having a show standard that is not the perfect production animal is just crazy!
I was trying to get at what you said so well, a light bird does not have crisp barring it is blurred. A darked bird has crisp barring but it is the wrong color, and the wing color is nutso, a good looking bird has that golden, what I called duck wing.
To me, my Andy is a good bird, he has a long torso, a good angle on the tail a nice if not overly large comb, with a small crest. He has sharp barring, I think it was BC that even mentioned his barring when I last posted his picture.
However, the gold tinge and wing along with his size will get him dumped in competition. A 7 pound CLB in unrealistic. Having to have one set of breeders for hens and another for rooster, is again, CRAZY!
I would never shove a pin in my birds comb, or breed in another breed and then breed the trail out again. Not worth it to me.
Edited by duluthralphie - 5/20/16 at 8:49am
Do you have a full picture of this one, The color is interesting.
No doubt that is an EE.
aren't those spose to be on the top of the head? LOL