100% correct .Malika and BLC cockerelshare a same Z chromosome . BLC cockerels has one more Z from Duke . so mating him to Malika is good method to produce cockerels with a same Z chromosomes .
I prefer Aunt breeding better than Dam breeding . more genetic diversity .
some sire but different dams .give rise to too many lines . genetically are not a same .they share 50% of they sire genes ,but not in a same combination .
with Malika I think he will do well .
I will pair him with a hen that have a complete hackle . plus she did show hackle marking @ the...
he is worth keeping for many reasons .
1} he is good looking . good conformation
2} from BLC hen different line to Queen /Malika . he carries different Z chromosome too
3} he is BLC .
4} he is different to the older cockerels you selected .
agree with you ,this cockerel has some thing special .very long with a deep chest . love his small well angled tail .no way this tail will got high .impossible .has very nice base .
guess this is not to tell who is his Dam , must be your BLC hen ?
he is a keeper for sure ...
very nice ,correct shape egg . that what I m talking about .true marans egg . not just dark . shape is very important and the sheen too .
this pullets is a breeder in my book 100% for Correct type egg line .even if she is on the smaller side .
quality of those type of eggs could...
hope your child is doing fine .
OZ country is under too much stress . fire after fire . we lost a lot of bush and wild animals .
bad things we lost a lot fire fighters and lot missing peoples .
we just lost 3 American fire fighter ,they come here to give us a hand ,we lost them the other day ...
agree with you .build your flock first .you just started .so don t be shy to say no to people who want marans chooks for free . Marans cost us a lot money and work .
PS = how is a chooks doing this winter ? are they looking good , breeding season is just around the corner for you guys .