Best Brahma?

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by 3clucks, Feb 13, 2019.

  1. 3clucks

    3clucks Chirping

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    Hi, I have this show quality light Brahma breeding project that I have been breeding and selling the offspring, but I have recently decided that instead of just selling the whole batch I want to pick out a few females to replace some of mine that are getting older and won’t be showing much longer. So I have kept this batch longer than any of the previous ones to see if I could tell which ones would be better. They are around 2 months old now, there is 12 and they are very large and I am running out of space so I have to start decreasing my numbers.
    At this age since they aren’t fully mature, what should I be looking for to find the best ones to keep?
     
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  2. Table4Six

    Table4Six Crossing the Road

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    Could you post pictures? That would be easier than trying to tell you everything to look for.
     
  3. Elitefarm

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    You want to look at their shape the thicker fuller look. You want them to hold themselves how you would see in nice pictures (the high typical look of the breed) you want the ones with the best most appropriate feather patterns and for brahmas you want the nice clean full feathered feet over the scraggly looking ones. If you post pictures we could help you decide and get to see your pretty girls ;)
     
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    3clucks Chirping

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    This is all I have right now...I will add better ones later.
     

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  5. Brahmachicken240

    Brahmachicken240 Crossing the Road

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    Photos too blurry, could you take a photo of each one individually?
     
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  6. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

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    About the only thing you can do at such a young age is cull for major defects. Vulture hocks, non-feathered middle toes, crooked keel bones, skull to long or narrow, comb defects, slipped wing, to high tail, wry tail. I wouldn't cull for color/pattern as of now as they can change a lot after a couple molts.
     
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  7. Brahmachicken240

    Brahmachicken240 Crossing the Road

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    Some of them look to have vulture hocks in that photo, Which is permitted in shows here in Ireland but not in America.
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    These two have the “cleanest” backs...thoughts?
     
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