So...the Greenfire Farm "Rees line" has been in the USA for over two years now. They arrived in the USA the summer of 2013, but I find that I still unsure about some comment that Jill Rees posted back in 2012. The first two of these comment relate to egg size and hen size.
In 2012 breeder in the USA were working on size in our birds. Our lines came from lines in the UK so I assumed that the birds in the UK were weighing in at the same weight as the birds in the USA, but I never actually found weight references for any flocks in the UK. When we mentioned to breeders in the UK that were were working on size in our flock they however seemed to imply that their birds didn't require them to work on size so ours must be inferior to theirs. Jills hens looked big in photos. One theory was that the 2012 Legbars in the USA were underweight do to different diets in the USA that what they were breed on for 2 decades in the UK and different paracites and illnesses to adapt to than what was in the UK. So...I want to know what the Rees birds are weighing in at. Do they meet the breed standard for weight or are they undersized like the 2010 Legbar imports were (due to being in a new country and having to adapt to the changes)?
As for eggs, my mentor in the UK told me early on that the purest Cream Legbar Lines only laid eggs up to about 63 grams and that if any lines were laying larger eggs than that she would question their purity. My favorite hens was laying over 70 grams eggs. I knew she wasn't from a pure line. She was gold, and only had one cresting gene. I loved the large eggs though and planned to select for the large eggs. Someone in the USA mentioned that their Legbar hens only laid 58-62 gram eggs and Jill Rees made the comment that if the hens were only laying 62 grams eggs that the eggs were undersized and that it was probably a result of hens being underweight too. So...I aslo want to know what sized eggs the Rees line produces. Are they laying larger than 63 grams eggs? I know some of the UK breeder crossed Legbars with White Stars or Sussex around the 2010 era to increase size of their birds and as a result said that egg size greatly benefited too. Many of the breeder advocated culling the outcrossed stock, but I know that one breeder sourced a cockerel that she though was pure and learned a year or so later after breeding from him for a season or two he was from an out cross.
So I am want to know what people are finding with the Rees line. I really love the photos I have been seeing of the Rees line hens, but still have a lot of question about our new addition to the US Legbars.