its so funny. I wonder if breeding a 3 tufted bird to a 1 tufted bird would yeild bilaterial tufts.
I also wonder if maybe some of the eggs did not hatch because of the lethal gene, maybe alabaster throws lo0ts of tufts because I know of many other chicks he sired that has them, but none that I know of that has 3.
you should put 3 tufts in the title and see what the araucana people have to say
I posted a picture of my triple tufted rumpless Araucana rooster(silver birchen) on one of my posts. His goatee is not as pronounced as yours since he doesn't have muffs and beards. There was an old breed called a Siberian Tufted which bred triple tufted but had a tail. Picture of such a bird is in the rare book published by David Caudhill. Good luck, you should be able to establish this trait easily since it looks like you have two(a pair) of these. My male did not produce any chicks with triple tufts yet at this time(1 yr breeding). Harry
Thank you so much for your informative reply. I will be searching for that book & what other info I can find. I don't know much about genetics & breeding for specific traits but it could be fun to learn & experiment.
Wow, that is a neat looking bird. I'm not sure it has 3 tufts tho. I only see 2, one on the right and one on the neck area. The rest I believe would be muffs/beard. Do you know if it has the fingerlike appendages on the left side at all? I don't see tufting coming out of that side, so am curious if the muffs are just hiding a smaller tuft. That face is so cute. It would be interesting to see it's offspring and if he throws more like this.