Ameraucana thread for posting pictures and discussing our birds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by hcammack, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. DFCottage

    DFCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all, I wanted to show my 4 month old roo, Sam. I am new to wheatens, so I wondered if anyone has some input on this guy. He's a great size, bigger than my pullets of the same age. But he's so far been a super roo, and I'm hoping he's a good enough example of the variety that I could use him for breeding next year. His shanks are a tiny bit washed out in this pic.

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  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    He's pretty good!

    He appears to have white earlobes (big no-no) but his beard is a rare color (black. [​IMG] ) and he doesn't appear to have excessive white fluff at the tail, that's always really good. Body looks good too.

    His hackles have a lot of black in them though, but beyond that and the white comb, those are what I see. How's his eye color?
     
  3. DFCottage

    DFCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eyes are a red-orange color. Another member PM'd me about the ear lobes as well, and I took a look at another pic (that I didn't use my high powered flash!) and it's not bright white.. kind of a pink-fleshy-grey color. I just did some digging and it turns out ear lobe color should be red.. is that correct? I have 2 other roos at home, a blue wheaten and another wheaten, from a separate breeder. They both seem to be much smaller than this guy was at that stage, hopefully its just that they're taking their time to mature. Shame, I really liked this guy. I'll check the other ones too for lobe color.

    How dominant is that lobe color in genetics? I've got 3 roos right now and have to get rid of 1, so if it's this guy that's fine, maybe I should get pics of my other 2 [​IMG]
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I'm not sure how dominant it is, really. I think it depends on egg color, too. For example a white lobed white layer x red lobed red layer may be different from a white lobed blue/brown layer x red lobed blue/brown layer.


    Yes, earlobes should be red.



    I'd look over your other guys for evaluation. They may be small, but part of it is likely a dominance thing. I've got a handful of EE boys I'm choosing right now for who to keep for a project, and my final choice is the second smallest, even though I want a bigger bird - But I know he'll grow bigger, he's just towards the bottom of the pecking order at the moment.
     
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  5. dwegg

    dwegg Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just hatched 10 chicks..splash, black and blue
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  6. Backwoods Bntms

    Backwoods Bntms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Five week old blue wheaten, pullet or roo? thanks

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  7. Christie Rhae

    Christie Rhae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Not that I am any kind of expert but from what I have gleaned from BYC I am voting... roo. I have a 6 week old blue wheaten pullet. She is much much lighter than your chick.
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  8. chickee

    chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:[​IMG] Welcome to the Ameraucana thread! It has been very helpful to me. I have learned a lot on here about my Ameraucanas [​IMG]
     
  9. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:There's a lot to like about him, but unless that beard and muffs have been plucked, I would question if he was heterozygous for it.
     
  10. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    red4x4 - Definite roo.



    SteveH - Agreed. I just assumed it was plucked, as that seems common among Wheatens.

    My Wheaten girls are homozygous, but they day I get to actually see their muffs. . . . [​IMG]
     

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