Silver laced Wyandotte markings...will they get better?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by FlewTheCoop, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. FlewTheCoop

    FlewTheCoop In the Brooder

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    Hi! I'm a newbie who is raising her first round of Silver-laced Wyandottes. I have three pullets and a cockerel who are all about three months old.

    My question is, do their markings improve as they age? I'm worried that I got substandard chickens from Ideal, because only one pullet is showing any real "lacing" and only on her breast. The others look splotchy and/or pencilled. Do you think they'll lace up more or am I just unlucky?

    Here are a couple of pics:

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v634/MadFae/100_3497.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v634/MadFae/100_3496.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v634/MadFae/100_3566.jpg

    Thanks!
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I would say they are pretty typical of hatchery birds. If you look at this thread I posted some pictures of some of mine that I hatched from breeder eggs.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=196278

    ETA: I would like to add there's nothing wrong with hatchery birds. They most of the time are great layers, but they usually don't meet the standards of what a breed should look like. Hactheries hatch for quantity vs. quality.
     
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  3. lux_interior

    lux_interior Songster

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    First off, Katy, your birds are beautiful!!

    I see what she means about breeder quality, however... YES, your birds will look better as they age. 3 months is not yet full grown. They still have a lot more growing to do, and their feathers will keep changing too and looking nicer [​IMG] They are very lovely birds!

    And your one in the last picture all the way to the right looks like she will feather out the nicecst of all, she's stunning [​IMG]
     
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  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Thanks, but I can't take the credit for them.....I hatched them from someone else's eggs, but they are my start to some great SLWs I hope.
     
  5. lux_interior

    lux_interior Songster

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    who did you buy them from?? I have a 2 week old hatchery SLW pullet... I only wish she were going to be that gorgeous! She'll still be a great looking bird, but I don't think her feathers will be that crisp.
     
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:These are from Backwoods Poultry. I also have some younger ones that I hatched from someone who no longer sells hatching eggs. They look like they are probably going to be even nicer. I need to get some pictures of them.
     
  7. lux_interior

    lux_interior Songster

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    sounds like between the two, you can breed some nice ones! [​IMG]
     
  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    That's what I'm hoping! [​IMG]
     
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  9. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Songster

    That second bird is interesting.....looks spangled.
     
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  10. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Yours looks just like my hatchery SLW she is a great egg layer though [​IMG] And she is VERY sweet. She never did get any better looking [​IMG]
     

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