SLW Young Roo - What do you think? Pics included

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by CountryMom, May 13, 2009.

  1. CountryMom

    CountryMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is Wilbur. He hatched in late November so he is really still a baby. Being my first SLW and only until a couple weeks ago, I am curious to see how he looks to those SLW experts on here. I keep expecting a fluffier or more rounded bird and maybe he will be that, but for now seems slender. I know that is hard to see in pictures here. The lacing is just now appearing and not coming in even, but I am sure that will change. My luck I think I have two more SLW roos from our last hatch.

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  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I would imagine he's from hatchery stock and their lacing and body type is almost never what a breeder's bird would be. He may fill out some more as he ages, but he's not going to look like a wyandotte should.
     
  3. Krys109uk

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  4. Mrs. Turbo

    Mrs. Turbo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here is a picture of our 2008 rooster......good quality SLW are really hard to find. They fully mature at 18 months.....
     
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  5. CountryMom

    CountryMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is from breeder stock not hatchery.


    Just wanted to add that I guess at 18 months like Mrs Turbo's roo maybe he would be that big! LOL He is only in his 6th month now.
     
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  6. tonkatuff

    tonkatuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have pictures of your babys parents? Do they have stronger lacing than him? We have a SLW roo who is beautiful (I think!) but he is far from perfect...we have chicks of his now if you are interested.

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  7. CountryMom

    CountryMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This one and two others in the brooder have come from Julie at Gabbard Farms. I see now that her description states pet quality, but I wasn't so sure I saw that before. Anyhow, I will hold off judgement on how good he is until I see more definite lacing and growth overall. It is hard for me to really be optimistic when I see him out ranging with our black orp who is a monster in comparision. LOL

    I gave up on breeders and shipped eggs for some of the breeds I liked and simply ordered hatchery birds. I know that is probably a no no to some, but I don't ever plan on showing. Just real curious if all these dang roos I have spent so much on were worth it.
     
  8. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Quote:Breeder should only be used to define a person who is working at restoring a breed or preserving a breed to the original standard. OR...at the very least have a purposeful breeding program.

    Whether from the person you bought them from or not, it looks hatchery quality.

    Mrs. Turbo, gorgeous bird!
     
  9. CountryMom

    CountryMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everyone is quick to point out hatchery stock, but no reasoning behind it. I never stated to begin with where this roo came from. I am thinking that he is kind of young if all I am getting is pictures of older roos that he cannot possibly compare to. I would love some actual reasoning behind what everyone sees as hatchery. I want to learn and not be hit with "looks like hatchery stock."

    I also realize that this bird never stopped and stood still for a decent picture. Kind of like hard to say how good a horse is if he isn't photographed right. So I guess I am at a catch 22 here.
     
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I said hatchery stock because of his lack of lacing and more so because of his body type. I'm uploading some pictures of my 6 week old SLW chicks who are from a breeder's eggs so I'll post those when they're uploaded. Their lacing is very obvious already and they have a nice round body shape.
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