Just posted on this thread about 2-3 months ago. I have been checking in on it for a couple of years but when I posted before I had just moved back to Oklahoma from Texas. I had 23 pullets and 4 cockerels at the time all from a single hatch of around 70 chicks that got just before we moved to leave with chicken sitters in Oklahoma for a few months while we house hunted, moved, and build coops and fencing. I now am down to 14 pullets and 3 cockerels. I figured that this year were would be lucky to get 1 or 2 good breeding trios to work with. I have three pullets that I feel that are worth working with, but no cockerels that I am really excited about. We will probably end up pairing the three pullets I like with the cockerels to give us three breeding line to work with for the next several years. I though I would share some of the photos of the flock that I took last month for the Cream Legbar Clubs on-line show.
Here is the No. 3 Cream Cockerel that I was considering culling. He actually has the best type of the three I held on to but is a lot smaller and not as vigorous as the other two so it comes down to the age old debate of better health or better uniformity in the flock. Cockerels always are harder for me to choose than hens because I usually only get to keep one cockerel but I get to keep 2-3 pullets. I am going to just keep 2-3 cockerels this year and call it good. :-)
Here is my favorite pullet in the flock. She is really flight and keeps her distance from me but is an all around keeper. She however is a full sister with two of the three cockerels so pairing options are not really good. I may wait another year to breed her. :-)
This one is a lot less flighty. She will actually flow me around when I am in the pasture looking for hidden nest of eggs. Like the cockerel above she is also on the smaller side of the flock. I also don't like the white streaks on the back her tail, but she is unrealted to the two brothers and only a half sibling to the 3rd cockerel so she gives me the most breeding options and I don't have an older breeding flock that I can fall back on to get something better next year with so she is going to be a keeper too.
Before I moved to Oklahoma I breed Blue Breda, Black Copper Marans, Euskal Oiloa, and a half dozen "project". To simplify things we decided to move to the one flock model used by all the Heritage breeders 50+ years ago. So we will just be breeding Cream Legbars for the foreseeable future but love seeing all the breeds that the rest of you are posting and hope you enjoy seeing some our flock as much as we enjoy seeing parts of your flocks.