Silver Laced Wyandotte Lacing question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by emartin, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. emartin

    emartin Songster

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    We have 10 week old Silver Laced Wyandotte pullets and they have HORRIBLE lacing....their feathers are mostly black.

    Is their silver lacing something that gets better or corrects itself after the first molt, or did I just get unlucky with a bad strain?

    ~Ed
     
  2. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    If you got birds from a hatchery...it's more than probable that the lacing will not get any better.
     
  3. NancyDz

    NancyDz Songster

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    I think it develops slowly over time , 10 weeks is pretty early, i have a silver laced roo and he's 3.5 months and looks different than he did a month ago...


    Nancy
     
  4. augustmomx2

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    Quote:I agree...my 2 SLWs are both hatchery chickens (Ideal) & their lace is beginning to really show, as they are around 3 months now. They are looking gorgeous [​IMG]
     
  5. NYREDS

    NYREDS Crowing

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    At 10 weeks they are still in their juvenile plumage which will be mostly black. They have another molt to go. Give them time they'll probably get better.
     
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I've had hatchery SLWs in the past and I always kept hoping their lacing would get better over time as they matured....it does change somewhat, but it wasn't until I got some SLW eggs from a couple of breeders that I really saw the difference in quality. Those chicks had good lacing from the beginning.

    I've added some pictures of mine at 6 weeks. I need to get some newer pictures of them now that they're older.
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    Last edited: Jun 9, 2009
  7. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    Ooooh, Katy, those are purdy!
     
  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Thanks!
     
  9. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Songster

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    Wow Katy! I wish mine had that kind of coloring [​IMG]
     
  10. emartin

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    Nice Katy! You said those were from breeder stock right?

    Mine look like crap compared to yours...and mine are older!

    ~Ed
     

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