R.I.P. Clay the Kentucky Speck roo

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by columbiacritter, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We're not sure what happened, he sudden went listless then we realized he'd gone completely blind. He started tilting his head to the side more every day. We're thinking stroke or tumor. No swellings, no smell, no discharge of any kind and it was truly one day absolutely normal the next day blind.

    Unfortunately it almost kills my hopes of getting this rare breed going as a viable flock on our place. we have Clays son but he's barely a month old and this flock is far to inbred to use him at stud. If we can't find another source for them next spring the hens will have to go solo.

    For now the Speck hens will go in with my Japanese for the winter and the nice new speck coop I busted my rump to finish will sit empty.
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  2. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    Sorry for your loss, [​IMG]
    What kind of chickens are they?
     
  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    How sad. I'm sorry for your loss. Keeping genetic diversity in a rare breed is hard to do. Maybe you can eventually swap your youngster for another of different linage.
     
  4. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Kentucky Specks, a rare breed not yet recognized by the ABA.
     
  5. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Im sorry [​IMG] You can linebreed them, they will be fine i think
     
  6. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Unfortunately they are way to inbred already to line breed. We need new bloodlines or to give them up as a good idea gone wrong.
     
  7. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Quote:Unfortunately they are way to inbred already to line breed. We need new bloodlines or to give them up as a good idea gone wrong.

    Guess What! [​IMG] I found a place that has them for you ! !!

    http://www.shadylanepoultry.com/bantams.html

    I encourage you to save the bloodlines [​IMG]

    It doesnt say he sells them, but i bet he would trade your eggs for his or something like that. Theres also one byc member with them [​IMG]

    Check out this thread it will help alot :
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=142774&p=1
     
  8. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Unfortunately they are way to inbred already to line breed. We need new bloodlines or to give them up as a good idea gone wrong.

    Guess What! [​IMG] I found a place that has them for you ! !!

    http://www.shadylanepoultry.com/bantams.html

    I encourage you to save the bloodlines [​IMG]

    It doesnt say he sells them, but i bet he would trade your eggs for his or something like that. Theres also one byc member with them [​IMG]

    Check out this thread it will help alot :
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=142774&p=1

    The gentleman at Shady lane will not be selling birds for a year at least and the gal on BYC is where we get our Specks, but thanks for the research.
     
  9. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Quote:Guess What! [​IMG] I found a place that has them for you ! !!

    http://www.shadylanepoultry.com/bantams.html

    I encourage you to save the bloodlines [​IMG]

    It doesnt say he sells them, but i bet he would trade your eggs for his or something like that. Theres also one byc member with them [​IMG]

    Check out this thread it will help alot :
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=142774&p=1

    The gentleman at Shady lane will not be selling birds for a year at least and the gal on BYC is where we get our Specks, but thanks for the research.

    Oh Your Welcome... Im Sorry [​IMG]
     

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