Can I solicit some opinions here? I have a chance to get a pair of self blue Dutchies (and possibly a few of their chicks) here locally, so I'd love some input on their relative (de)merits. The pics aren't great, but they're all I've got right now.
The male, as you can obviously see, looks like he's been the victim of a feather picker and has just gone through a molt (as per the owners). But I'm hoping if I get them in a run to themselves with a nice DE enhanced dust bath, some good vittles with some polyvisol, and just plenty of good ol' lovin', he'll feather back out nicely, but I know I'm taking a chance. The question is, is their color as good as I think it is (and thus worth risking a thinner tail), or do I just have a bad flare up of chicken fever going?
I don't think they look bad, but I also think contacting Jean would be a good idea. self-blue Dutch aren't too common & she would likely have more info than any of us here. Also, have you tried giving that little rooster a bath & blow-dry? I can't tell from the picture, but it might not be feather condition...he might just be...funky. I had a little rooster that was the sole Dutch of one particular hatch, so I brooded/grew him out with a bunch of other breeds outside. He looked a mess when I finally separated him to get him in condition to show, but the look of his feathers was just cosmetic--a good bath fixed him right up. His tail looked much like that when I pulled him out of the pen, which is why I mention it.