I got some photos of the cockerels yesterday.
The younger culls that we haven't processed yet. These are all from PapaDel. Culled mostly for wing issues. I don't think the PapaDel birds' chests are as deep as the Mr. Fatty birds'. But they have longer backs. They should probably be processed soon ...
The rest of these guys are in the "Keep Cage," but they all need another going over before breeding season. It's a mix of Mr. Fatty and PapaDel birds in there. There are only supposed to be 6 in there, but there are 10 because I missed a cull the night we packed up the first batch for the butcher, and also because I miscounted (by DOUBLE) the number of Mr. Fatty "keepers" I marked. Le sigh.
This one, I like his overall shape, he reminds me of Mr. Fatty so could use some more length along his back, and in person he is a little "creamy" colored at the moment. He has about the least amount of extra black. I really don't want to breed anything with a visible "brown" color issue. I know Delawares are supposed to show more leg contour than this, but I really like it when a male's chest looks this round. I need to train my eye to see the deep, round chests on the longer, less fluffy, birds.
This one seems to have a longer back, shows more leg, but might not be quite as deep.
Group shot showing 5 of the 10 that are left in the "Keep Cage." The one on the left is the one from Mr. Fatty that we marked earlier as a potential breeder ... he's about to preen under that wing, so has it held out funny and you can't see how long, and deep he is across his bottom line -- I'm still concerned about the color around his neck. The next one over is a younger bird, from PapaDel.
This is the one we marked as the potential breeder ... I don't love his head ... there is something odd about his comb, it doesn't stick up as much as the other birds' combs do, and I'm not sure if it is that, but his head looks a little small, cut off or something. It doesn't help that his neck is so full, so his head looks tiny. But the instructions in the standard say to compare the individual parts of the bird to the whole bird, and this guy's head looks "small" to me, which is wrong for a Delaware. I don't remember it being like that when we first assessed him, but he was all shoulders and keel back then.
Edited by LeslieDJoyce - 12/7/15 at 11:44am