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  1. RobG7aChattTN

    Iridescent feathers

    Nice young cockerel showing a large range of iridescent color. Instead of the purple or violet that I’ve been breeding for a few birds will show a larger spectrum and this one seems to really have lots of potential for the full shift of Blue/Green-Yellow Gold-Violet Purple. He should get better...
  2. RobG7aChattTN

    Iridescent feathers

    New pullet:
  3. RobG7aChattTN

    Trader Joes & Other Grocery Store Egg Hatching Club - Are you a Member

    You have to get the “Fertile Eggs”. Free range won’t do it because there aren’t any roosters in those flocks. You need to familiarize yourself with the Julian Dating System which will tell you not the expiration date but the date that the eggs were packaged. You need to make sure that the eggs...
  4. RobG7aChattTN

    At what point do I toss eggs that don't hatch?

    Generally when people as about late eggs hatching it’s because they are using an incubator and you can have chicks hatch late if your temperature or humidity are off. If you are using a broody hen the temperature and humidity should be pretty darn close to perfect so I wouldn’t think you’d have...
  5. RobG7aChattTN

    Iridescent feathers

    More shots of the same older birds but more mature now.
  6. RobG7aChattTN

    Iridescent feathers

    This is the same cockerel from the video but new photos: And this is a younger one that should turn out nice: This guy is still quite young and feathering out very slowly and the photos don’t really do him justice but in person his feathers are really amazing for his age and I’m excited about...
  7. RobG7aChattTN

    Iridescent feathers

    I don’t think he’s quite as shiny as his father but he’s closer to solid black. I think there’s still room for improvement but I’m getting there.
  8. RobG7aChattTN

    Iridescent feathers

    My goal is a very shiny bright purple chicken. I want it to be so purple that people don’t think it’s a black bird with iridescent purple. I want them to just see it as “purple”.
  9. RobG7aChattTN

    Iridescent feathers

    Oops...just realized that the top photo was pure Green Jungle Fowl. No...that one isn’t mine.
  10. RobG7aChattTN

    Iridescent feathers

    I don’t have any Bekisars unfortunately.
  11. RobG7aChattTN

    Iridescent feathers

    New cockerel. This guy looks like he’s got good coverage and also looks like he’ll end up pretty big which is the direction that I want to go in.
  12. RobG7aChattTN

    Dongxiang or Lushi

    My first iridescent birds popped up as a byproduct of trying to get Lavender Laced green egg layers. I had a black laced green egg layer that was part Blue Laced Red Wyandotte and part Cream Legbar and I crossed her to a Lavender Orpington. I inbred those birds and very few chicks had Lavender...
  13. RobG7aChattTN

    Dongxiang or Lushi

    What I was trying to say is that if you crossed a Cream Legbar with a pea combed brown egg layer the offspring wouldn’t suddenly recombine to link the blue egg gent to the PEA COMB. I got the impression that it was being stated that the blue egg gene automatically prefers the pea comb which...
  14. RobG7aChattTN

    Iridescent feathers

    That could be the case. It will be interesting to see. I think maybe the darker birds may have mahogany and the brighter birds my have gold. The more visible the pattern might concentrate the iridescence in the black areas. I’m curious but I won’t devote the cage space to just finding out if I...
  15. RobG7aChattTN

    Dongxiang or Lushi

    I’ve got a breeding project that has nothing to do with the blue egg gene but a lot of my birds do lay a blue or green egg. It’s long past F1 so there is no predictability. If I get the results that I want and a lot of my birds at that point are laying blue eggs I might try and just hatch...
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    Dongxiang or Lushi

    I think once the link between the blue egg gene and the pea comb gene is broken then there is no more link. I think if you crossed a Legbar with a brown egg laying pea comb bird there would be no correlation between blue eggs and pea combs.
  17. RobG7aChattTN

    Dongxiang or Lushi

    Actually no matter what you use the F1 birds will all have one copy of the blue egg gene. It’s the F2 cross (if you inbreed those offspring) where 25% will be homozygous first the blue egg gene, 50% will be heterozygous for the blue egg gene and 25% won’t have the blue egg gene at all. So using...
  18. RobG7aChattTN

    Iridescent feathers

    I’ve got this guy with some solid black hens to try and see if I can get some solid black offspring from him (first chicks should hatch in a day or two). Where he is purple it’s VERY purple but I wonder if that’s caused by the gold areas pushing and concentrating the black causing it to appear...
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