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FowlStuff

Songster
Jan 12, 2016
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Michigan
First hatch out of my own birds this past weekend! 10 of 11 made it out! I am interested to know if blacks turn out better from chicks with darker coloring or with more yellow on the face? Or does it seem to not make a difference?
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TheChickenQueen

Songster
5 Years
May 2, 2014
540
89
146
Eastern Idaho
Hello Ameraucana breeders!

I would like some feedback from you all on some lavenders since I don't know of many breeders around here.
There is a breeder who's stock has made it to my area but I'm feeling cautious about purchasing any since I'm not sure what to think of the quality. Here are a couple pictures




These are not my birds or pictures


I do know that some of the offspring are beardless which concerns me as I want good quality Lavenders since I've already had someone sell me a couple chicks then tell me afterwards that they had EE blood and one of them ended up with a misshapen hunchback and had to be culled.
Now there is a another breeder nearby with some nice BBS Ameraucanas this year who have nice beards and combs, would it be a good idea to get some black chicks and then pick out the lav chicks with the best beards and work with them a little to get my desired bird? Or is it not worth my time?
 

FowlStuff

Songster
Jan 12, 2016
378
193
141
Michigan
Hello Ameraucana breeders!

I would like some feedback from you all on some lavenders since I don't know of many breeders around here.
There is a breeder who's stock has made it to my area but I'm feeling cautious about purchasing any since I'm not sure what to think of the quality. Here are a couple pictures




These are not my birds or pictures


I do know that some of the offspring are beardless which concerns me as I want good quality Lavenders since I've already had someone sell me a couple chicks then tell me afterwards that they had EE blood and one of them ended up with a misshapen hunchback and had to be culled.
Now there is a another breeder nearby with some nice BBS Ameraucanas this year who have nice beards and combs, would it be a good idea to get some black chicks and then pick out the lav chicks with the best beards and work with them a little to get my desired bird? Or is it not worth my time?
I wouldn't be too concerned with some hatching clean faced, without muffs and beards. The gene is dominant and with proper selection of breeders the problem can be corrected.
FYI...the photo of the cock looks like his muffs/beard were picked out by the hens.
 
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pips&peeps

There is no "I" in Ameraucana
12 Years
Jan 18, 2008
8,431
160
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Newman Lake, WA
I disagree, there are too many people with good lavenders to get birds that need that much work. Why buy an inferior product when there are lots of people out there with good birds.
 

samouw

Songster
8 Years
Mar 19, 2011
1,119
278
246
Aiken, SC
Hello Ameraucana breeders!

I would like some feedback from you all on some lavenders since I don't know of many breeders around here.
There is a breeder who's stock has made it to my area but I'm feeling cautious about purchasing any since I'm not sure what to think of the quality. Here are a couple pictures




These are not my birds or pictures


I do know that some of the offspring are beardless which concerns me as I want good quality Lavenders since I've already had someone sell me a couple chicks then tell me afterwards that they had EE blood and one of them ended up with a misshapen hunchback and had to be culled.
Now there is a another breeder nearby with some nice BBS Ameraucanas this year who have nice beards and combs, would it be a good idea to get some black chicks and then pick out the lav chicks with the best beards and work with them a little to get my desired bird? Or is it not worth my time?
While it is possible to breed back to correct muffs and beards, why re-invent the wheel? There are several breeders that have gorgeous self-blues available now. @pips&peeps @OnceInaBlueMoon @RavynFallen are just a few that I can think of off the top of my head. You can find more on the breeders directory: ameraucanabreedersclub.org/breedersdirectory.html

Good luck in your search!
 
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Hinotori

Silver Feathers
8 Years
Apr 27, 2011
5,363
3,071
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Graham, WA
Just sharing a spring picture because we've finally had two mostly dry days and I could actually get a LF hen to stand still

 

Miss Ameraucana

Songster
Oct 21, 2015
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Hays, KS.
Here is the second photo, doesn't show up on my other post


Congratulations! What colors did u hatch out?
I'm going to pair my dark blue with my two blues and one black! And, I have a beautiful blue wheaten, Eve, with zero leakage& a wheaten hen with some leakage. Planning to breed my blue wheaten to my blue wheaten Eve, for sure!
 

AmeraucanaKay

Chirping
Oct 27, 2015
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12
54
Rhode Island
Congratulations! What colors did u hatch out?
I'm going to pair my dark blue with my two blues and one black! And, I have a beautiful blue wheaten, Eve, with zero leakage& a wheaten hen with some leakage. Planning to breed my blue wheaten to my blue wheaten Eve, for sure!

Hi, I am working on my blues. I hatched blues and blacks out of a blue cockerel over my two blue and two black hens. But, I ended up with mostly black chicks and am trying to figure out if I want to keep any of the blacks or maybe set another batch and then keep all the blues. I am happy with how the blue chicks are looking just wish got more of them!

Sounds like you have a lot of colors to work with! I'd love to see some photos!
 
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AmeraucanaKay

Chirping
Oct 27, 2015
48
12
54
Rhode Island
Hi, I am working on my blues. I hatched blues and blacks out of a blue cockerel over my two blue and two black hens. But, I ended up with mostly black chicks and am trying to figure out if I want to keep any of the blacks or maybe set another batch and then keep all the blues. I am happy with how the blue chicks are looking just wish got more of them!

Sounds like you have a lot of colors to work with! I'd love to see some photos!


This is the blue cockerel I used and one of the blue hens.





 
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