Originally Posted by Bigfamily4me
Ok guys... I always keep up on the posts. I got my chicks from Bev Davis in march. They are a little over 3 months old now. I thouht i had figured out which 2 roos I was keeping. But then the whole comb discussion started freaking me out! I looked at the the combs of the ones I chose, and I didnt think springs. But theres a specifics number of points?! Crap! I think that takes out one of my boys I wanted to keep. Granted, they"re still young, but hopefully you guys can give me valid input. I am planning on breeding. I am planning on selling hatching eggs. So I'm putting up a bunch of pictures and please critique away, I want to keep the top 10% for SOP. (BTW these came from her wheaten, blue wheaten, and splash wheaten line)
may be another better shot of his comb...
the blue I wanted to keep, but according to comb talk I shouldnt...???
His tail looks weird because the wind blew just right...
All the boys pictured here all have shank feathering. I was going to keep 2. Please look them over. I know they are still growing into their grown up glory, but I would appreciate your opinions on which ones I should be keeping in mind. Thanks! (I did not include the ones with clean legs or pinched tail)
Ok, I'll give it a shot. Let me say this, I am new to Wheatens, so the coloring timeline may be totally different than that of the Black Coppers. Another thing is, the pics of their combs should be up close to really be able to see sprigs (not springs), and other oddities. That said, here is my opinion.
Roo 1 - Wheaten - Poorly colored on the breast and under belly, and the shanks. All those areas should be black. His comb looks to have at least one side sprig in the first pic. Take your finger and run it over the side of the comb, (between the head and bottom of points where it is smooth). If you can see or feel bumps, that is a sprig. Sprigs will get larger as they mature, and they are passed on! As far as points, it's hard to see but looks to have 4? I'd rather deal with that than too many. In the Show Ring, it is a 1/2 point deduction for too many or too few. So if you have 6 points, it's a 1/2 point deduction, out of a possible 5 points total for the comb.
Roo 2 - ??? - Black Tailed Buff??? Sure isn't anything Wheaten
Roo 3 - Blue Wheaten - Hard to tell much by the way he is standing. In the first pic of him, he also looks to have sprigs. It may be the lighting and shadows, because I'm not seeing it in the second pic. Looks like 8 points on his comb. Looks like he does not have a lot of shank feathering either. This guy is still young, so I would hold him back if he does have shank feathers. If not, they ain't going to appear overnight, now or never.
Roo 4 - Wheaten - So far, I think I like him the best, although right now he has LOTS of filling in to do! He looks a little lean to me, but again, he is young and may bulk up more once the other roos are gone! A better picture of him standing still and more upright would help a lot! To me, I like him and the Blue (if he has feathers and no sprigs). Just my thoughts, others with more experience will chime in.