La Fleche Thread ~ PIC of my Black La Fleche

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Long Horn Poultry Farm, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    I had gotten some of these from Mr Jack Barnes(his birds are on feathersite, he used to show them) but had too many breeds and got rid of a nice trio to another BYC'r last year. Here is a pic of the roo with one of his girls in the back. He said they make a great dual bird and his hens lay for many, many years...
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  2. Long Horn Poultry Farm

    Long Horn Poultry Farm La Fleche ~The Devil Bird

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    Hi klf73

    You have a very nice pair of La Fleche there [​IMG], I am looking forward to when my La Fleche chicks grow up to be adults.





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  3. Hillside

    Hillside Out Of The Brooder

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    This is a great thread and hope it continues right on as these chicks grow up. One thing about both the Barnes and Urch lines is that neither of those men ever used an outcross to another breed such as Minorca. Jack did receive birds from a friend that were his own line infused with Urch and Duane had gotten some birds from Jack that were the very old/pure line that had been worked with for years. Told me that when he laid eyes on Jack's birds his mouth fell open as he just couldn't believe what nice heads they had. As far as I know these two lines are still pretty distinct one from another in case someone is looking for a strain cross. Minorca has infused much of this breed's population for years. Gord Ridler in Ontario had Minorca infused La Fleche back in the 1970s and much more recently an exhibitor was out with his own Minorca infused stock at the shows. Big, impressive birds. I am sure not saying that using the Minorca outcross is wrong. None of the breeds we value just suddenly beamed themselves to earth in a pure form. Minorca was used to reinvigorate stock that in some cases had become pretty degenerative. It would be interesting to know what the foundation stock Ideal started with was like and from. It'll be fun to watch these little guys grow up.
     
  4. Long Horn Poultry Farm

    Long Horn Poultry Farm La Fleche ~The Devil Bird

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    Quote:Hi Hillside

    I will post pictures of my La Fleche as they grow to get advice on which ones I should keep to use in the breeding pens. I plan to keep most of my females if I can only culling ones that are far from the Standard. The best 2 males will be kept for breeding. Male #1 will be in breeding pen #1 with all the females. Male #2 will be in breeding pen #2 with all of the female offsprings from breeding pen #1. Things may change a little but this is what I have planed for my La Fleche breeding pens. As time goes on I would like to have 5 breeding pens. For each breeding pen there will be 1 male and 7 females.


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    Last edited: Apr 17, 2010
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I'll be glad to help you in culling and keeping, but one thing I always keep as a rule of thumb is to not cull until at least 4 months of age. By then the tail base and conformation should start to kick in, and finish filling out at 7 months. [​IMG]

    Keeping good stock isn't as easy as finding the keepers at 1 month. [​IMG] Even my Ameraucanas, Araucanas, and Marans will all wait (including the cockerels) until their 6 month mark. [​IMG]
     
  6. Long Horn Poultry Farm

    Long Horn Poultry Farm La Fleche ~The Devil Bird

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    Quote:Hi Illia

    Thanks, ( 1 was dead on arrival, 4 culled for not keeking up in size & alertness with the rest in the first week, 2 culled for having very bad combs in the third week. )

    So my total La Fleche chick count is down to 18 from 25. It looks to be around 1/2 males & 1/2 females so far. I will post pictures of each male sometime around the 6 month mark and see which 2 make it to the breeding pens.[​IMG] Until then I will post pictures of them to show how they are growing.[​IMG]




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  7. Long Horn Poultry Farm

    Long Horn Poultry Farm La Fleche ~The Devil Bird

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    Hi All [​IMG]

    Here are a few pictures of my Black La Fleche chicks at 6 weeks old. [​IMG]


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    Long Horn Poultry Farm La Fleche ~The Devil Bird

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    Hi All [​IMG]

    This morning was the first time I heard one of my La Fleche chicks trying to crow.[​IMG]


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  9. paduanchook

    paduanchook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi y'all

    I have a shipment on Friday and I didn't know what to expect. This thread is def helpful, I'm enjoying it
    althoug I plan to cull nothing unless absolutley necessary, I hope to keep the best for breeding.
    Keep up the post!
     
  10. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
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    This thread is intersting [​IMG].
    Long Horn Poultry- why did you get La Flech chicks, and not another breed?
     

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