ATTN: Exchequer Leghorn experts. Advice needed!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sunnychooks, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A BYCer was nice enough to give me some Exchequer Leghorns. There are 3 roosters and I would like to keep one. I don't plan on showing but since I have a choice I would like to keep the one that best represents the standard for the breed. I have done some research and from what I read I need to decide what is the "least" of breed faults.

    Two have lighter legs (pale beige) and one has yellow legs. Yellow legs are desirable. The yellow legged fellow has a crooked toe. Which of these faults is greater?

    I read that the coloring should be evenly divided between black and white. One of the roos has much more black, but he has a comb that has 5 distinct points (from what I read this is desirable). Which is the worst fault?

    Is there a difference between the standards in Europe and the U.S.? The best info I could find what from a site in the UK.

    Thanks for any help/advice/opinions you can offer.
     
  2. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    I would keep the yellow legged one, but I don't know much about the variety...
     
  3. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    can u post pics?
     
  4. Oldhound

    Oldhound Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep two, one might die and then where will you be ?
     
  5. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pretty sure that most of the time crooked toes is a result of incubating, and not necesarily genetics...

    knowing my luck, and not how many hens you have, but I would likely keep all 3 if I were you...
     
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  6. joe17

    joe17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Post a picture. Keep the one with the best type then look at color.
     
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  7. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

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    Quote:I agree.
     
  8. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only have 4 pullets, so I don't want to keep more than one roo. I'm keeping them in their own little "sub-flock" away from the others, although I wish I could keep two!
    Thanks for all the good advice. I really wanted to keep the yellow-legged one because he seems to be the most docile.
    I'll post some pics in the next few days. You guys may see something that I didn't notice since I'm not that familiar with the breed.
     
  9. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

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    Quote:You can keep two males with 4 pullets... It would be worth keeping an extra if possible.
     
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  10. Layira

    Layira Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree with whoever said look at type first then color. Color is much easier to breed for than the exchequer type, therefore you want the birds that represent type first.

    Pale legs is definitely worse, like the other person said crooked toes are most likely a result from hatching not genetics. Pale legs is hard to breed out but can be done, it requires outbreeding but it's possible if you're looking to put in the work.

    In regards to the roo with a lot of black; most often times birds will lighten up in color in their 2nd year. They may not be what you're looking for now, but they could be the ideal patterning in the future. Also, birds tend to throw progeny lighter than themselves. So it's kind of a coin toss. Take into account that bad combs could be the result of frostbite or injury during a fight, if possible find out if the roo was born like that or had an injury which made his comb bad.

    Unfortunately, Exchequers are not recognized by the US as a breed variety, but they are in the UK. As far as type goes, the US leghorn standard should be similar to the UK standard for the exchequer. Because of this, I would go with whatever you found for a site in the UK. You can also go the Leghorn Club website and look at some history for the Exchequer.
     

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