The older one looks like he might be getting another pair further up his leg, but the younger one doesn't look to be getting any more. Do they hatch with more spurs or do those come in later?
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Both of these boys only have one noticeable spur. The gold birchen we know is a mutt. Given the breeder's love of new colors, it's possible she's elected to breed more for those (and then work on type, #of spurs, etc). She produced a HUGE number of splash, blue and black Sumatras this year but--given the splash-laced Wyandottes' type--I'm not sure is she was selecting her breeding flock perhaps as rigorously as a more serious breeder should (the breed-a-ton-of-mediocre-birds-and-hope-for-a-diamond type of breeder).
The only type of chicken she sets out to breed with a pea comb is the Sumatra (the BLRW and RIR are the other two). The only other breed she keeps that has a pea comb are EEs in a separate layer flock. I know she has them though because there was an EE/Sumatra mix that was given away (to the same lady who received all of the other hundred-or-so unwanted roosters). He had the fluffier face, heavier build and shorter tail of an EE (he was a beautiful EE though) and was much fluffier in general than the birchen guy outside. This guy doesn't look anything like the other breeds she keeps, and her flock has been sporting some oddball birchens this year, and only throughout her Sumatras. All of the other birchen Sumatras were blue birchen though (kind of hoping to acquire one of those so we can see what they grow up to look like because it's sure to be amazing). so the only conclusion I can draw is that he's a fullblooded Sumatra who doesn't have multiple spurs (they do crop up even from parents with multiple spurs, though, given the other birds I saw from this breeder, she doesn't make enough of that fault to select against it).post #5734 of 583911/9/15 at 7:04pmpost #5735 of 583911/9/15 at 7:05pmpost #5736 of 583911/9/15 at 8:35pmpost #5737 of 583911/10/15 at 4:13pmpost #5738 of 583911/10/15 at 9:11pmpost #5739 of 583911/11/15 at 6:48am
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