Whiting Farms was the developer of the Arkansas Blues aka UofA Blue Egg Layers. However they also developed a Brown Leghorn that lays blue eggs. We now have one (1) of those. Per the description, I believe that Whiting Farms has incorporated the blues with the brown birds and selling them as Whiting blues. However, the UofA Blue egg layers, the Arkansas Blues, are not the same breed that Whiting now sells. These were genetically selected for two traits, the Andalusian Blue color and the blue egg color. The "chipmunk" colored chicks appear to be a blue egg laying strain of very good quality Brown Leghorns. We now have one pullet of this strain. It sounds like Whiting Farms has either crossed the two lines or are selling chicks from both lines as a mixture, calling them Whiting Blues.
Whiting Farms is a fly tying business. He produces feathers for fish fly tying. He has been described as a genetics expert that crosses various breeds to create new breeds just for fish fly tying. There is also a domesticated mink farm nearby and most of his processed chicken goes to the mink farm. The feathers become fish flies!
You can learn more about Whiting Farms at http://www.whitingfarms.com/about_01.html
Whiting chose western Colorado to set up the new venture, and in April 1989 hatched out his first Hoffman Hackle chicks there from eggs sent to him by Henry from Oregon. In addition Whiting Farms acquired the another quality genetic dry fly hackle stock in 1997, known as Hebert Hackle, to complement its existing genetic pool and product line. The Hebert/Miner™ hackle stock is reknown for incredible dry fly capes and the widest, best and most unique array of natural colors of any hackle stock in the world.
Here is a photo from Whiting Farms website of his Herbert/Miner male mounted.
The site also lists that Thomas Whiting attended college at the University of Georgia and the University of Arkansas. Both are schools that Dr. Keith Bramwell attended. Thus when he said these were developed by a long time friend, we now see how long time their friendship has been. We should all appreciate both men for what they have brought to the chicken world.