Faverolles Bred back to Dorking project

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sandiklaws, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. sandiklaws

    sandiklaws Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi everyone, I have been away for a LOOOOONNNNGGGG time but I am back! Been incredibly busy, but now that I have the Internet at the house I should be able to keep up with the forum again.

    Without further ado I present for your consideration:
    The Salmon Faverolles X Dorking breeding project. TADA! Basically I am taking a trio of Dorkings that have been bred for quite a few years for their meat and farm qualities and general hardiness (Thanks again Joseph of Yellow House Farm in NH), and crossing them into the best lines I could get my hands upon- Dick Boulanger and Peter Merlins blood-lines. I will be selecting stock from these breeding's based on growth, size, meatiness, and hardiness, using electronic calipers for measuring and digital scale to weigh so I can be as scientifically accurate as possible about the selection process.

    This (and I cannot stress this enough) will be a separate effort from my, just beginning to develop, show flock. I hope to be able to bring them gradually up to the standard (comb, beards, wing and tail and color, toes are already great), then begin to introduce them into my regular flock in about 5 years or so. My goal is to improve the farm and meat qualities of the show stock, while also improving the general hardiness. The Dorkings have been bred strictly for their performance as meat birds, with utility being the prime concern. If a bird was even close to unthrifty it was culled. I feel that the Faverolles breed desperately needs this back-crossing to one of their foundation breeds, and I went with the birds from Yellow House Farm because I felt the birds that are thriving in the harsh conditions of NH (In semi-open buildings too) will be the key to bring the vigor and farm qualities back into this great breed.

    And if I fail miserably... well, at least we will have some darn good eating around my house the next few years or so. Wish me luck! And anyone who wants to offer some hatching eggs to widen the gene pool will be welcomed with open arms- I will gladly pay shipping. Likewise, if any serious breeders out there want some of the eggs from this experiment, I will be glad to send you some for the cost of shipping only, but there will only be a small amount available after I hatch what I need to select next years trio from. My only long term goal is to improve the breed overall.

    I hope to document much of my journey into this project on this forum. I will try to post as often as seems warranted, and I will also try to put up as many photos as possible. I plan on beginning to photo document all of the birds in my breeding program starting this weekend, I will post as many as I can on Sunday or Monday.
     
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  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Long time no see! Glad to see you back again!

    Wish you all the luck in your project!
     
  3. draye

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    Good project.. Keep us informed.
    BTW: I didn't realize that Faverolle had Dorking in them. Learn something new eeveryday.
    Thanks for the thread.
     
  4. poularde

    poularde Hatching mode

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    [​IMG] Please do keep us informed.
     
  5. sandiklaws

    sandiklaws Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok... if I can remember how to post pics I will get some up today. Please excuse the poor quality, my phone camera is terrible. Could not find the cord for the digital so couldn't take pics with it.
     
  6. sandiklaws

    sandiklaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are some of my breeding pens... pay no attention to the crap in the background LOL. This part of my pens is known as "Favcatraz" at my house because it was originally built to house birds that insisted on getting out of the electric netting and going next door to harrass the neighbor who is terrified of birds- you should see what happens if my turkeys go over there! Poor thing reacts like they were Godzilla. They rarely go over there since we fenced the yard with 6 foot privacy fencing. Anyway it is 3 separate pens with separate stalls inside for breeding trios. I built it myself and used all found materials, mostly pallets, excepting the strapping I used to trim out the front and 2 pieces of plywood that make up the roof. Hubby is bringing home some material to weatherproof the roof this weekend if he gets a chance.
     
  7. sandiklaws

    sandiklaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a 1/4 MPC 3/4 Boulanger roo that is named "RedJack". He will be put with Straight Merlin hens for the first go round of breeding, then one of the Dorking girls later on. Red has very nice pigment as you can see, and shows all of the signs he will continue to widen like his full Boulanger Dad, Blackjack, did. He has fair separation of toes, and has nice segmentation on his comb... he has way too much of it, but it has decent shape overall I think. I hope to get some nice combs out of his cross to the Merlin hens, as well as improving a bit on his type.
     
  8. sandiklaws

    sandiklaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is one of the straight Merlin pullets, as you can see they are very compact and have nice shape. The black you see in her beard is dirt. Both of my Merlin pullets have decent feet and nice uniform shape.
     
  9. sandiklaws

    sandiklaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my straight Merlin roo, Miami, and his 1/4 MPC 3/4 Boulanger hens, he will also be getting one of the Dorking girls later in the breeding season. Miami is lighter in color than any of my birds, he has a large tail for a Faverolles, but the shape is correct. Miami has beautiful feet and a winning personality. I was very pleased he was also quiet like my other Fav roos.
     
  10. sandiklaws

    sandiklaws Chillin' With My Peeps

    I forgot to mention, his beard was quite nice until the girls started to mess with it .
     

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