Hello, I'm in need of a little advice. I have 2 very nice lavender hens. Their only fault being their eye color and their skin is a shade lighter than I would like.
I'm looking to bring new blood to the line and darken the eyes and skin a bit. I do realize this will take time and a few generations. I have a black roo with the traits I want to introduce but his faults are some silver leakage in the hackles and he's not as nicely feathered as I like. He has great toe spacing, coal black skin, very dark comb but a little small, black eyes, and great body shape.
What are everyones thoughts on using him to improve my lavenders lines? Obviously, I would prefer to use a show quality roo to do this but silkies are in short supply in my area. My main concern is the silver leakage and how that would affect the lavender, if at all, in the long run.
Any advice would be appreciated.
This is her area of expertise.