Cream Legbars

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jeremy, May 21, 2011.

  1. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Punnett said something about the Cream hackles getting darker with rooster age.

    Grant Brereton in the book 'Breeding for Success' says that you shouldn't breed birds until they get to be 2-years old. In otherwords...all the hatching we have been doing is premature. hmmmmmm
     
  2. TherryChicken

    TherryChicken Overrun With Chickens

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  3. chicken pickin

    chicken pickin Overrun With Chickens

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    Do any of you follow this 2 year rule?
     
  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I won't follow that rule. However, if the results of my breeding were not good, I would be eating a LOT of chicken. I would not cull real hard until after their second molt, with the exceptions of obvious defects. I feel like there is the possibility of a whole generation of quality chicks being a whole year late. Life is too short. .............

    I also do not help chicks hatch. Everyone that I have ever helped has had to be put down later.
     
  5. lonnyandrinda

    lonnyandrinda Overrun With Chickens

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    Not I. Now as my flock grows and I do more hatching and growing I will be able to be more selective about my hens and their age but for now I can't really do that.

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  6. Ashdoes

    Ashdoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lonnyandrinda~ do a lot of your males have those solid white tail feathers? Both of my boys have them, two each, it's odd and I was wondering if that was something I have to watch out for?
     
  7. lonnyandrinda

    lonnyandrinda Overrun With Chickens

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    I haven't grown very many roos out, either I know by 2-3 months that they will be too colorful or I lose the ones I was hoping to keep and grow out. From what I see it seems fairly common but I don't think we've had a discussion yet on whether or not that is what we want in the tails. I would guess a partially barred feather is OK but a pure white one is not. His two sickle feathers were barred until he came out of this last molt, now they just have a little dip of barring at the tips.
     
  8. WHmarans

    WHmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good question about the tail color.

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    That is pretty much how my rooster's tail feathers are also. He's not yet a year old.
     
  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I agree Rinda, when I have lots of hens on the ground, then I will be able to wait until they are mature to use them for breeding.
     
  10. dretd

    dretd Chillin' With My Peeps

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