Last year I bought a silver duckwing OEGB cock and three hens from an APA judge who bought them from a show in Oklahoma - their previous owner was retiring from showing. They were all at least four years old and not really great looking anymore, but he told me the cock won as a cockerel at a big show and he and two of the hens won a best trio. So I think I've got a good foundation for a nice flock. He didn't tell me who he bought them from but I trust his judgment.
I've currently got 7 chicks out of the bunch so far with a few more eggs in my incubator. The first little cockerel is about 7 weeks old and I like the way he carries himself already. His chest has a lot of white on it so far and I wonder if this is normal for this variety. What is the likelihood of the white going away?
Also, in choosing future breeders, what do I look for in the male's comb? I assume it's important to his daughters, right? I plan to dub the males, but not for a couple more months, at least.
I know nothing, although I do have a standard of perfection. It doesn't help much when they're young. Any advice/opinions I can get will be greatly appreciated. TIA!