Quote:They are still soooo young! I may get slammed at Crossraods because they're so young. I cleaned house last year to make room for the TX flock. The girls now are TX by TN lol. The TX birds definitely brought a lot more white into them! I'll get pictures when I go to Crossroads. Or while I'm deciding who goes, maybe? I have a new mf roo that's outside blood. I'll put him over the youngsters for this year and then rotate back to TN's kid. He'll be at Crossroads, too. Good feet and coloring, but I wish his beard were fuller. But the girls are nicely bearded so I should get some pretty babes. I wish you could meet TN's son BoBo. He is a CHARACTER! He choked on something one day, and got moved from the bachelor pen to an inside pen. He loved it! So when he was clearly okay, and went back to the bachelor pen, he started limping 2 days later. Back to the inside pen, where he was clearly okay in less than 24 hours. After that he went in with the 'retired' hens and has been healthy as can be ever since. But he still talks to me and dances for me when he sees me in the yard. He is a smart, spoiled brat. I am trying to act like I don't care about him, because bad things happen to favorites, you know? I have one split boy left from my lavender improvement project. He's 3rd gen, with some blue and some red lacing. I was hoping the blue was enough to throw blue babes, but no such luck. He is a character too, and threw some uniquely colored babes when crossed back to the remaining 3rd gen split pullets. Hope I can sell some birds so I can watch his babes grow out for a while <sigh> If I could win the lottery, I could spend the rest of my life happily crossing birds and charting the results! Yes, I would love to do the same or take on some 'chicken investors' who could support my hobby for free advertising or promotional stuff. Maybe we need to hit the Purina websites or grant websites to promote the study of chicken genetics for the backyard breeders. Personally, I'd like to know why my flock's little toe just seems too little, and why they are sometimes missing claws on it. I remember someone saying that feather footed birds tend to have trouble with a 'clawless' gene.