Did any of those eggs hatch? Your boy looks like a couple that I had.
Yep! The single boy that I have is from the eggs you sent me. With having lost some of my best birds to predators, I really hope the little man starts mating soon so if for some reason I lose him his genetics will survive.
Originally Posted by ronott1
I was going to post that it would be hard to get them back to being a BBS Breed. They really are a breed since they breed true.
The eggs I have had from mine are as big as leghorn eggs already. It would be best to select for ones that lay bigger eggs--It wold be easier than breeding to leghorn.
I have some nice pure black hens that I have selected for out of a White Leghorn cross with BBS Ameraucanas. I don't know how they would look with the addition of blue diluting gene but I am looking forward to seeing what I get! It takes a minimum of 2 generations to get back to black(or BBS), really 3 generations when selecting for other traits as well. When you think about all of the variation within different breed colors accepted into SOP- IE: Lavender, Barring, Blue, Mottled - most of the time those started as a cross with a completely different/unrelated breed and were bred for several generations until they returned to SOP with the new color.
I guess it depends on what is labeled as a breed. By my standards yes they definitely are a breed. By the standards people apply when they look disparagingly at what hatcheries label as pure bred birds, I think they likely would say no. People are still deciding what traits should be the standard because of the variation that currently exists. I don't consider this a fault, I love the concept of this breed as it is, it falls in line with what I always wanted and that's why I am here!
I still would argue that the best breed to cross back to would be the breed that AB birds are most related to. Yes, it takes several generations of selection to get back to BBS and homozygous pea comb/blue egg gene but that is the fun part for me. The breeding/genetics side of chickens is why I enjoy this hobby so much! I would love to know how many generations it took to get to where the U of A did with this project breed, it would be very interesting.