Hi Long Horn, Nothing at all against Ideal but three sources, especially in this breed may very well not mean three or even two lines. I'm not saying it should or has to either. If Ideal has been breeding them from their initial start for 12 years they have developed their own. Main thing is what you end up with and if you like it or not. If you find that you like them but need to strengthen a characteristic or two the birds on the ground will probably matter more than the pedigree. Your own will sure be interesting for me to watch and I appreciate that you are sharing their development with us.
I plan to selective breed my Black La Fleche for health & vigor while keeping very close to the Standard. By culling out the ones with bad combs, small size and ones that was less active this year I believe the health and look of next years chicks will improve. In doing this year by year I hope to have a very healthy & nice looking Black La Fleche breeding flock in the future. The best 2 males will be kept for breeding. Male #1 will be in breeding pen #1 with all the females of this year. Male #2 will be in breeding pen #2 as a bachelor this year and all of next years female offspring from breeding pen #1 will be put into breeding pen#2. If I need to add new blood to my La Fleche stock for health or breed characteristic I plan to give Urch/Turnland Poultry or Rev. Roland/Romig's Poultry a call.
Long Horn Poultry Farm
Edited by Long Horn Poultry Farm - 5/2/10 at 11:43am