the lacing is a DQ, I believe. Doesn't mean they aren't nice pets though. Your roos soom to be the right color, but the hens were too lacy. How old are they?
Llaughing Llama Farm
Llaughing Llama Farm
Lacing is definitely a liability in the breed, and unfortunately it turns up a lot in my hens. For every 10 pullets produced, maybe 1 or 2 have "clean" feathers (no lacing). It seems to be restricted to females.
One disqualifying feature that occasionally comes up in my male birds is a horizonally carried tail and too-long tail sickle feathers.
The original pair was probably around 18-22 months. The younger ones would have been 8-14 months. The original hen (Nanny) was colored that way. A few of the girls had less lacing. I honestly had no idea they weren't supposed to have it...lol Wow. Learn something new every day. Squeaky (the original roo) and all of his sons were colored like your roosters. What causes the lacing? Seems like it would be easier to have laced Nankin than fight it and try to keep them clean. It isn't like people crossed them with a laced bird...
GardnerGal - Are your birds' shanks slate colored? They look pink in the picture.
The Nankins in that photo have slate legs, but in that photo they look light for some reason. Maybe because of the sun?
Some of my hens do have pale slate or almost white legs while others, and all the roos, have deep slate. According to the British standards, either is acceptable just as single comb and rose comb are acceptable alternatives. I think the American standards, which are recent, are more toward slate.
I got my trio of Nankins today!
SC light hen
RC dark hen - this color was really hard to come by. I hope to get some chicks from this gal!
I was told by the breeder not to breed and hens w/ black hackles, or any birds w/ funky combs. (BTW, you CAN breed RC & SC you will get a variety of both)
I'm really excited!!! I'll have pics tomarrow....
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