Originally Posted by Bine
This is from youtube's hen daisy.... like the channel, plz, he/she seems to spend all her/his money to visit European Poultry Shows.
.... and a ad from a craig-list-like site. Click on the pic...
Yes, 50 Euros for a roo and four girls in silver. As I said money is not the biggest problem.
Thanks so much for your post !
I have noticed here on the Canadian website, several things, first of all, these bird(s), mainly the hen, appear to have golden or even a slight salmon breast, (such as they used a BBR in their program ?) and I also think they developed their "silvers" by mating of Malines, which explains their "silvers" being a pound or 2 heavier "then their Austrian cousins" I think they said.
Malines are very large Cuckoo marans (as far as color) and I kind of did the same thing with Cuckoo Marans.
I have not gonr to step 2 in the "recipe"
That is supposed to happen this week, as there is finally room in the incubator and breeding pen for the mating of the F-1 cockerel back to his mothers (the Biel hens) I am going to let him have 2 hens, as the rest are laying for Biel hatching eggs for sale.
The F-1 cockerel, the only one hatched that is an "impure gold/silver" male, is a beautiful bird, for all the world looking like a Biel...but he has the longest hackle I have ever seen!
All over his body except breast, he has long hackle.
We call him "Hackle Boy"
If I were to breed for pure silver, I might have to go about the "recipe" differently than the "recipe" used for Golden Cuckoo, in which Gold is desired, whereas in Silvers, Gold is unwanted.
@Saris has seen Hackle Boy before.
I really wasn't going to go into this breeding program cuz I have so many others ongoing....but maybe....
Here is "Hackle Boy"
In these pics he is about 5 mo old...his hackle is not only all over (except flight feathers and breast) his hackle is long...
He is a beautiful boy....and according to the recipe he gets bred back to his mother to hatch F-2... and that recipe is for Golden Cuckoo.
In the Golden Cuckoo you use a Silver Cuckoo Marans, and a Black Copper Marans.
I used Silver Cuckoo Marans and Bielefelders....so maybe have to change a few things...to eliminate the gold rather than save it.