Here are pics of my 4 boys at the top of my need to decide list (who stays as head and who stays long enough to hatch eggs from)
I LOVE how dark fm this boy is, he is also the slightest build of all the roos. Even though he is smaller I am really thinking about penning him w/ the fm girls and hatching eggs, and quite possibly keeping him as a secondary roo????
If you have an interest in working with the fibro trait... KEEP HIM!
you already have some sense of how difficult fibro is to work with. It becomes too light or practically disappears on way too many roosters as they mature. I've been working with fibro NN for over 20 years and it is still a big struggle to hit on roosters that keep the dark skin, especially past one year of age.
as for his slight build... well that's just always typical chicken math lol
This is Pie, the almost certain new head roo. He is the biggest and you guys said he is mottled, do you still think so? Even though his comb looks single it is not it is split in the back into a dainty "leaf" comb. (dainty b/c it is only split a short ways about 1/4 of the total length of the comb)
yes barred and mottled for sure. Cool bird. Wish his young pied pattern held though...
That right there is the reason it's sometimes valuable to know just what color it is... he might look like a typical Birchen to some.. but his duckwing patch says very clearly he is not birchen at all. He;s probably a silver wheaten.
The only thing I can say is he has flashy colors and as you said, has better frame for production oriented breeding. His fibro is typical and probably will turn much lighter after one year of age.
personally, after working with fibro.... the fact the other one is still dark at his age is extremely valuable solely for the fibro trait. This one is "just average". That's been my problem too many times... one bird with better type but lighter skinned.. with the darker skinned being too light, too small too.................. sigh.
This guy is slightly smaller then Pie, but bigger then the two fm boys. Not sure what is going on w/ his color / pattern genetically. He is my first roo w/ a top knot. Can you see any genetic reason I should choose him over either Pie or one of the fm boys? Or should match him w/ some girls to hatch some eggs before he gets culled. Keeping in mind my limited space for boys.
He is a silver duckwing, the pattern on his breast might be due to mahogany gene.
Handle him and others.. to get a true feeling of their body type. Are they broad between shoulders and over the hips... is the breast bone long or short... are their breasts heavy/meaty or just thin strips of meat...
as for the crest, you like the trait right? I would say if you have several girls with crests you consider to be good type wise, then this one having a top knot is not such a big priority if the other boys are much closer to what you like. Crest is semi dominant and floats down very easily. I don't pay attention to crest and even after several generations, it's still there.
you still could do a deliberate pairing of the biggest/heaviest boy with the biggest crested girl and you should get heavier boys with crests. The bad thing is this will make you wait a little longer to see fuller sized crests again.