Realize, for a minute, that any one of us could get a few Delawares (for example) and breed a bit of white rock into them (neither are silvers) and then post them as "Silver" bielefelders.
There is no way to prove they are Biels...like what, take a DNA sample ?
There is no way to prove they are NOT Biels !
And realize anyone of you could do this same very thing...especially strange is the fact that these Canadian "Biels" are so much bigger....so are they Biels ?
Dod this Canadian couple import the birds ????
NO they did not, they just "made" them...............think about it...
This brings up the very question of what is a Bielefelder ?
According to the APA SOP we look at one coloration to another with the same SIZE, SHAPE and so on..which is called TYPE................such as Plymouth Rocks, for example...there is so many colors!
But each coloration is THE SAME SIZE< SHAPE, SKIN color, comb, ETC.Each is the same TYPE.
If you differ, such as a "black Plymouth Rock Rosecomb" you should realize that there is no such thing...
And if someone has developed a "Silver" Biel....at least it should be the same size, shape, comb, skin (TYPE) as the rest....not a "huge" different bird.
So Waite...and watch.
And we'll see what happens here....
This brings up the next question: What is this """Silver""" Biel anyways ?
A white bird with ticking?
A bit of penciling?
What makes me sure it isn't just a Delaware X Plymouth cross ?
And why would I want to go nuts trying to get it ?
Is it so beautiful that I must have it?
Is it some super chicken?
Is there something about it that makes it so wanted ?
So this is just me sharing my line of thinking....and I agree with you, the total allure of the Original Bielefelder, is its Crele double-barred color, period.
Case in point:::::
I do love the barred BBR...(black breasted red) you all have seen my Buster "Super Crele Chantecler" cock.....I love the crele..///////////.not white, not pure black (which is silver)
Here is Buster:
THIS is Buster's FULL brother, a Partridge chantecler....NOTICE that they are identical, except one is BARRED...that is the only difference, that and Buster had a PEA comb,, so there was some odd blood bred in before I got them...Brother (below) had a cushion comb:
If you scroll up & down fast between these 2 birds, you'll see they are identical, except for a single (not a double) barring gene. Biels, are double barred , and so are Silver Cuckoo Marans.
That means they are barred all over their body..
This is the full sister (with a saddle on)
Stunning birds...but everyone wanted Buster !
So, breed a barred bird to a Partridge, and you would get Buster.
OK, I have to go make dinner for DH...and I see the eastern & south is getting hammered with tornados and cold....hope you are all OK!