Black Quechua Olmec are an ancient landrace from South America and an intriguing enigma. Years upon years of my own research has only heightened the mystery. They were originally collected in South America in the 1970's and maintained by a private collector for a few decades. Before he passed, he gifted them to one man. I personally obtained Black Quechua Olmec from him. Beyond this information, there is very little documentation related to them.
One of the most interesting features of Black Quechua Olmec is the presence of fibromelanism, which is the expression of black skin, meat and bones. (Although fibromelanism results from a dominant gene, several factors affect its full expression.) Black Quechua Olmec are predominantly black feathered and bearded. They have a rich violet sheen on their feathers that is bold, stunning, and frustratingly impossible to photograph! Most birds that hatch from my breeding stock are black feathered, but other varieties do pop up. As the pictures show, many are ALL black feathered, but a few do have brown/red leakage on their necks. Ideally, BQO have very minimal pea combs and quite small wattles. My BQO lay creamy and light tan colored eggs. My BQO are all tailed, not rumpless. I believe that my years of selective breeding and careful maintenance of bio security have led to the most beautiful, healthy flock of BQO available.
Black Quechua Olmec are not to be confused with any current day hatchery stock. At first I was skeptical about their history and lineage, but in keeping them I see behaviors that are completely different than any other bird I have ever owned. Their reproductive behavior is highly seasonal and much more in line with that of my Jungle Fowl mixes rather than modern birds like Americauna or RIR. Black Quechua Olmec hens are quiet, calm, and VERY intelligent. Hens are friendly, highly curious, and tolerate children handling them. Health-wise, I have found BQO to be very cold hardy, seemingly disease resistant, and smartly predator-leary. In my hawk-ridden area, I never have lost an adult BQO to a hawk, despite too-frequent hawk losses of other breeds. They love to free range and will forage for much of their diet, but do tolerate confinement just fine. BQO roosters tend to be great flock protectors but have rarely shown aggression towards people.
This is not a breed, so therefore it does not always breed true. This is a group of birds that were collected just a few decades ago and have NOT been heavily selectively bred. I personally have been breeding for very specific traits for several years now. I breed towards fibromelanism, all black feathers, beards, pea combs, and very minimal comb/wattles. Even so, different traits DO pop up. People who raise these birds value their heritage, their rarity, and their importance in the study of ethnozoology. BQO are also quite useful for fibro projects and for people who need birds that can more safely free range in areas with predators. Why do I personally keep BQO? I find them beautiful and intriguing, but it is their intelligence and personalities that keep me hooked.
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