Originally Posted by Metella
Manningjw - you are going to love his coloring when he gets full roo feathers .... :)
I am sure I will! I have been itching to add blue back to my flock so long now!
Now you'll need some hens ......
To offer pure bred U of A blues I certainly would need some hens. I likely will stick with 'SBEL' type of bird which the U of A's will help me to add the blue diluting feather gene to return to BBS.
I am about 5 generations into selecting my cross breed of Ameraucana/White Leghorn, more if you count the crosses that led to my first chickens. I started the project before I knew of the existence of U of A line over 2 years ago. I would hate to give up the birds I have spent over two years breeding, I love my birds so far and I have so much fun selecting for specific traits that it would be hard for me to have someone do it entirely for me if you know what I mean? Perhaps I will try again on my next hatch to have some U of A blues so I can offer 'pure' bred U of A blues.
My own birds I have a preference for White earlobes, blue or black feathering without leakage(this needs improvement in my flock with boys), black/slate legs (obviously lighter in birds with blue or barring due to dilution), and of course homozygous OO genes linked to pea combs. Luckily the U of A line matches that pretty much perfectly with only slight variation where the ear lobes and shank colors aren't 100% selected for yet as far as I know.