LOL I've avoided Facebook for the most part until now, but I do find it seems to be a quicker way to get decisions made. The Standard Committe has been at work to get the Standards finalized, but we've had some recent input that I think we need to look at. There has been a theory stated that Birchen is not supposed to be part of the standard at all. (This comment is attributed to Glenn Drowns of Sandhill who I think is the leading expert on Iowa Blues and knows what they are supposed to look like) The only time black chicks appeared was sex-link black from chicks created from Iowa Blue crosses.
I just sent an email to the committee but I'll post it here as well to get additional input.
I have been trying to figure out where my little yellow chicks came from as this is the first I’ve seen them.
Now this picture is a ringneck pheasant chick borrowed from a hatchery catalog:
These are mine from the NYD hatch.
Most of you are familiar with the story, but I’ll quote it here: “a White Leghorn hen went broody and hid under a building to brood her chicks. When she finally came out she had a group of chicks that were unlike any chicks in the area. Some were colored chestnut, but others looked like pheasant chicks, with light yellow, horizontal stripes on their cheeks, and a triangle of yellow under their chins, with black stripes down their backs. Some of the old timers that are familiar with the breed would tell you that the breed was sired by a pheasant.”