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    Norwegian Jaerhon

    Dark (brown-yellow) it looks like
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    Norwegian Jaerhon

    I think it's essential that breeders keep laying records (trap nests or whatever) in order to breed from only the top layers. Additionally, it might be a good idea to introduce "new" blood from time to time, either from another breeder or from one of the (2? 3?) commercial hatcheries...
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    Norwegian Jaerhon

    The Jaerhon is a very old provincial breed, like many other North European land races. There is no other breed mixed in, and it has been bred pure in a breeding program ever since the Norwegian government rescued a few birds of the old land race around 1910. While little attention was being paid...
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    The Welsummer Thread!!!!

    I hope every breeder pays attention to the pictures that Piet posted and takes the time to read his explanation of the top line, including judges. I would like to add that another point is the spread of the tail: It is NOT supposed to be like a Leghorn tail, and a wide tail spread should not be...
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    The Welsummer Thread!!!!

    While this is a gorgeous picture of a hen with that beautiful landscape as a backdrop, it could also serve as a perfect close-up picture to critique some Welsummer SOP problems: stippling/peppering so coarse that it becomes lacing in parts, cushion towards the tail, eye color, backline hard to...
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    Barnevelder breeders lets work together and improve the breed

    Tell me about "crazy" ... Half my retirement goes to pay the real estate taxes (property goes down to the beach, where the house is also located, and then there is about 6 acres up the slope for the orchards, gardens, and pastures/woods. Then 25 % or so for feed/power, and the rest for poor...
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    The Welsummer Thread!!!!

    Nice birds. I used to raise them about 6-7 years ago, and regret letting them go.
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    CSU's Welsummer SOP

    Marcel, The Welsummers seen at shows here in North America (Piet's birds recently shown in Alberta, Canada, being the exception) have several challenges to overcome: comb issues (twisted comb, thumb marks, overgrown comb onto the beak, size), wattles (much too large, open, and with folds and...
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    Barnevelder breeders lets work together and improve the breed

    No, I agree with Walt Leonard. I also checked the angle and, in my figuring, the tail is right around 50 degrees or just a tad lower. What is especially impressive to me is that the rise starts at the bottom of the neck in a gradual, elegant sweep to the tail. Personally, I have NEVER seen a...
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    Barnevelder breeders lets work together and improve the breed

    Walt, comparing the description of, e.g., the Leghorn and the Barnevelder as concerns tail and back, according to my recollection, the description for the Leghorn is more specific. Case in point, the Barnevelder standard says nothing about the tail spread and feather width, which would be a...
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    Barnevelder breeders lets work together and improve the breed

    Barnie breeders should pay particular attention to the overall shape/outline of this pullet...look at that back line! The SOP needs to address this in better detail...The most recent issue of the German "Gefluegel" magazine has a superb article on the Barnies with excellent pictures. Most of...
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    CSU's Welsummer SOP

    While I like both the hens and the roosters of this Dutch line, and might even prefer them over our own type, I also think that the British have done a better job maintaining the terra cotta colored large eggs for which the breed is famous. Therefore, I would be very hesitant to go for the...
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    Barnevelder breeders lets work together and improve the breed

    You have beautiful birds, and I don't think that cockerel is too dark. He has a super balance, I love to see beautiful birds on this site. Thank you all for posting,
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    The Welsummer Thread!!!!

    Nicely balanced and good overall body structure. Concerns: pinched tail, pale legs, coarse stippling and uneven color distribution.
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