Originally Posted by The Sheriff
I just have to post and respond to the crossbreeding of Icelandics. Please don't do it. Icelandics are critically endangered and major efforts are being made to save them and maintain their purity. They should NEVER be crossed. I know some people free range them with other breeds but they don't hatch they eggs. I guess at this point the damage is already done in the U.S. Thank goodness the Icelandic people treasure their birds and they have done a great job of saving them from extinction and keeping them pure.
At this point all I can do is ask that people reconsider crossbreeding them and stop it! If you still do it, please don't post about it! Sigrid asked us to "not mess with them" but I guess it is too late for that. I think it may be time to stop sharing these birds and close the ranks to the preservationists only.
Sorry if this offends anyone but I have a duty to Sigrid to try to stop this activity. I have been passionate about the Icelandics since Stella jumped over my fence and I am heartsick today.
I second this sentiment! Once mixed, the genetics are gone....there is no going back. This is the Icelandic thread, only purebreed Icelandics are Icelandics. What makes them Icelandic is the genetics, not how they look, and you can never refer to any crossbreed as Icelandic, because they are not.
If you are offended by The Sheriff's or my post, then it's because you have not read what it took for The Sheriff to get this line of Icelandics. The commitment she made, and the one many of us have made to keep the genetic treasure that these birds have pure, is one we take seriously.