If you stayed at the frog more, you would understand this:
Not really . I am not real good at fine points . I go for the overall look . I can spot the obvious but often miss the really fine points that some can spot when handling them .
Well I must confess I borrowed that frog pic and pasted it on another thread . A breeder calls his meat crosses toads . So I asked if that was a toad egg . My mother was half French so I know about the French being called frogs .
So take that up one breeding please! If recessive white instead of recessive lavender on the chart! it would be 50% Ii correct? So the parents of my chicks would be Ii x Ii ? Then 25% of chicks would be II, 50% would be Ii,25% would be ii and thats what I have? lol Have you given up on me yet!!!
LOL...if I had time, I would...but it would be good practice for you to do. Grab a sheet of paper and draw the box like I have above - put the roosters letters in the top and the hens letters down the side...then combine the letters as I did above. You'll see what the odds are for each combination and you'll learn about genetics in the process. :)
Ok Jerry, Susan, or anyone else that wants to weigh in:
Oz sent me a picture last night, and maybe he will post it here. One of the chicks I sold him has what appears to be a slipped tendon. It was fine for two weeks, and that just popped up yesterday. I have seen them hatch that way, but have never seen it show up at two weeks. When they hatch like that, that's a cull for me. I'm hoping it's an injury, not genetic. It's one of the black rooster's chicks
I'm already having fertility issues with him, and if he is passing down genetic issues that beautiful boy is going to become a cull. I need a black or blue in my program, and my other rooster is splash, so Johnny's pen was set up for a black rooster. The blue hens are too light for me to put another blue rooster over them, unless I do it to get a black cockerel from him. I have a blue rooster that is gorgeous, has the best type of the 3, but was relegated to an OE pen because of a little rusty leakage on his left shoulder. Fertility is NOT a problem for him. He was the alpha from the beginning.
Am I being overly concerned about the black? Should I see if his fertility improves, then watch those chicks as they grow, or should I put the big leaky blue in that pen?
Too early and not enough information, at this point, to cull him. I'd wait until the weather is warmer and see what happens then. If that chick is showing some lameness at 2 weeks old, it is more likely an injury than something genetic, in my opinion.
Don't jump the gun just yet...
Neither have I.
On the two cockbirds that you are Ravyn are comparing - they are really very similar. I'll take another look tonight when I have more time and take a closer look at the combs, and beards and muffs. From what I've seen right now - both of them have some very nice traits and, with the right hens, could have some awesome chicks!
I'm ready for some competition! I mean, I like bringing home the ribbons, but it makes it much more fun when there are other birds on the Ameraucana row than just mine! LOL