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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AmyLynn2374, May 8, 2015.
Sorry for the super long multi quote. I've had quite the day.
That was just a picture I found in an article. I didn't know there was another breed that layed eggs darker then marans. I was under the assumption that a lot of people just wanted the dark eggs, so I'm really surprised they are not more popular. Even if they only lay as dark as. You know?
Mine started at 7 wks!! I almost fell off the toilet. They were still in the brooder! Now he's 11 wks and crows every morning when I open the coop. It's still pretty pathetic sounding. I hope it stays that way.
That's very interesting and weird! I totally agree.
Isn't that funny how we all have a way of remembering how to spell something. Mine is strange. In my head I do, "Amer" for America and then "au" for Australia add the Cana.
Like the chart. What do silkies have?
Hey Ross, did you lockdown this morning?
People are working on project colors. Self Blue, Mottled, etc. When there is a dedicated group of breeders working on one of these project colors for several generations, and they are breeding true, and they conform to every other breed specification, some will allow them to be called "project Ameraucanas". Then they get the fun job of trying to gain acceptance.
So because the bird was the wrong color but had all other correct type, what was the bird considered? Is it considered a mix or "mutt" if not an accepted color?
My Self Blue Wyandottes have it SC. I also have the brassy leakage that Don is talking about. The shredded or weak feather look in the (once Lavender) now Self Blue birds is common, but I have read it can be bred out. It's also mentioned by Allan Brooker as being a challenge that can come along with the Self Blue. Maybe it depends on where the Self Blue comes from to begin with. Great section about it in 21st Century Poultry Breeding. I just looked and GFF is calling them lavender too. Hmm
And I think that's the way it should be. And I'm 100% in the camp of breeding toward SOP and letting people know if their birds are not SOP. But when someone posts their "Ameraucanas" and they are EEs I would love to see questions like, what color are the shanks? What type of comb does it have? What color of eggs does it lay? Instead of "wrong color!". That doesn't change anything with any other breed and it makes the Ameraucana more confusing. And it doesn't help the noob understand the true Ameraucana breed any better.
Then you can always add, BTW the only APA accepted colors are........
I don't mean to come across as upset about it. I'm not at all. I just think better communication could help the breed instead of frustrate people.
I totally agree with you!
As far as Ameraucanas are concerned, it's a mutt. Leg color and body color are the first giveaways. The pictures of the EEs I posted with the pea combs and beautiful beards? 3 years ago I would have called them Ameraucana. Now when I see someone else post one I'm like, Nope, EE.
If you think this is bad, buy some BCMs...
And don't forget to post them!
And keep your hatchet nearby........