ancona, bad examples?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by klf73, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    I don't know if anyone has them, but I got ancona from a breeder on ebay because no one here had them. They are 5 months old and are looking more like a mottled bird than the white tipped black feathers I have seen on other ancona. I am wondering if they are just slow to get their adult color? Maybe the weather (very cold) has affecting their feathering?
     
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm not sure I understand the question. An ancona is a mottled bird.
     
  3. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    sorry, I am scattered. I will get a pic tomorrow but they don't look like the ones on feathersite, rather they still look like they have juvenile coloring, with a lot of lighter colors still on them. The pics on feathersite, the white looks like nice *dots*, mine look like smudges [​IMG]
     
  4. blackclownfish16

    blackclownfish16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    It takes awhile for mottled birds to color up sometimes even till their first molt. Anconas should have very clear mottling compared to other mottled birds. I would wait until they were at least 8 months old before I made any judgments, thats what I do with my birds.
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Excellent points bcf! I think I see what you're saying Krista. I agree, they probably need more time to develop fully.
     
  6. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
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    I agree, you'll see some changes after they go through a major molt. Mottled birds do. Hang on to them, I bet they will turn out fine! I hear they lay some nice BIG white eggs.
     
  7. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    I thought they were just slow developing, then I saw a pic of someones 4 mo, it looked just like feathersite....made me wonder about mine.....mine still look *juvenile* as far as color. I wasn't sure if the cold weather slowed down the process, as the person(w/the 4mo) was where it is warm.
     
  8. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
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    Krista,

    I think our cold weather does slow young ones growth down. I switched my birds to turkey-game bird high protein feeds quite some time ago because I had so many chicks in October. It is all I feed now as far as commercial feed.

    All of my birds have benefited. They still get kitchen scraps, corn on occasion and evergreen boughs. The higher protein really helps.

    I have some ameraucana, araucana and red star peeps from October that are slow to mature but they are getting there. I am also soaking alfalfa cubes and feeding them as well.
     
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