12 week old pictures: actually tomorrow but taken a day early.
First the cockerels I've chosen to keep.
Lemon Blue Birchen.
Sire: Blue Red Naked Neck
Mom: Salmon Group ( 4 hens various colors)
This cockerel sports a pea comb. He has green ( hint of blue color) legs. Although his exact mother is not known all four hens were good layers, all were at least 1/2 sisters daughters if my Salmon NN rooster. Sine had pea combs. Edited: this cockerel also gave dark colored legs but as it goes into the toes it turns to white. Is this a case of the mottling gene?@Kev
pointed out to he has similar marking to my little ( Birchenish) green egg laying hen, who was also a sister from the Salmon Group.
I think I may do a single mating with him and that hen.
Sire: Red Mottled Naked Neck
Mom: Mottled Partridge Naked Neck
This cockerel turned out with the best mottling out of all 5 chicks hatched. My original choice I found dead this morning ( don't know why showed no signs if sickness), his full brother.
His bib is pretty big but can be worked with.
There may be a single mating with him and his mother.edited: this cockerels legs are a bluish color but as they flow into the legs they are white. Is this a sign if the mottling gene?
This one may not work out. He holds his tail kind of low. Hopefully it's just an age thing. I'll be watching.
Sire: Silver Barred ( Black Sex Link) Naked Neck
Mom: Black Crossbred. (Product of my breeding).
He looks to be sporting some mottling. His grandfather ( sires sire was the Salmon NN), mottle carrier. My understanding though he is supposed to have mottling from both sides to be mottled. As far as I know though there is none on his Mommas side. She is 1/2 Black Jersey Giant and 1/4 each Easter Egger and Production Red.
Color I don't know. He is a dark ( nearly black) with dark red and the little things that look like oats.
Full brother to the above cockerel.
Brown Red, at least that us what he looks like to me.Edited by draye - 12/9/15 at 11:00am