I think we all saw this coming. My girl laid for 2 weeks straight then took yesterday off. Not sure when she started laying this past winter as all my birds were in the same coop due to my house fire, but they make perfect hatchery stock - being able to sell sexed birds is a coup for any big business - what will they do with all those males or will they sell pairs or still straight run? Glad i got mine early and have some idea of lines and inbreeding issues. I am not a fan of white birds generally but I see the beauty others find in the white Cream Legbars but not sure I want to propagate a flaw this early in their inception here in America so I'm anxious to see what hatches out for me in the coming weeks and months.I really do enjoy owning these birds. I love the size of the egg I get as the birds are really not that big and my male is not as vocal as my other roosters, and their feed bill is reasonable. I can already see this as a long term breed for me.
I do plan on joining the yahoo group, just pure procrastination on my end.
Though I don't want to I do feel a bit of stewardship in the ownership of this breed. I'm not a big fan of insisting on the SOP, I like to stive towards it as I feel some responsibilty to keep the breed 'pure' but as I own Marans I can just imagine the mess this could all become...
Frist batch are in lock down but like I said not sure how these first few batches will turn out due to hubby having mixed them up for a couple hours.
My little trio are loving the outdoors - they are the cutest things. The 2 males are much friendlier than the female but she has a really nice crest. My layer's creast has been pulled out quite a bit by the rooster whose poor comb took a beating from frostbite this winter - I think that will be a serious issue for this bird here in the North. I'm wondering if it'll be possible to breed a decent size comb that is not so overly large as both my Marans combs were able to make it through okay. Poor Legbar still has black spots above his beak. I keep meaning to take pics but just so much to do.
Hoping to start hatching my Marans in a couple weeks.