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Silver Duckwing OEGB

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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!

Wife of the best guy ever, mom of 5 sons and 1 daughter, living in a cute little adobe house in the middle of heaven on earth.  I am just starting a Delaware flock for meat and eggs, and excited to have a project.  
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He's young, the white will molt out for adult feathering... a lot of black based have white feathers as juvies...

Hold off on trying to evaluate until after adult feathering...
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Thanks for your input. I've got to choose a pair to give to a 4H boy who is into chickens. Shortly after i got the group i promised him some for this year's fair. I'm kicking myself now because i don't have as many chicks as i thought i would. I don't want to give him the best ones, and was hoping there was a way to tell while they're this young.
Wife of the best guy ever, mom of 5 sons and 1 daughter, living in a cute little adobe house in the middle of heaven on earth.  I am just starting a Delaware flock for meat and eggs, and excited to have a project.  
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Wife of the best guy ever, mom of 5 sons and 1 daughter, living in a cute little adobe house in the middle of heaven on earth.  I am just starting a Delaware flock for meat and eggs, and excited to have a project.  
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Go to this thread and ask jophus... he's really knowledgeable on OEGB's, and very nice...


http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/311466/show-off-your-old-english-game-bantams
Edited by RavynFallen - 6/8/16 at 8:07am
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Wife of the best guy ever, mom of 5 sons and 1 daughter, living in a cute little adobe house in the middle of heaven on earth.  I am just starting a Delaware flock for meat and eggs, and excited to have a project.  
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