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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by alohachickens, Nov 20, 2011.
Tamra, those twisted tail feathers are really interesting!
Canesisters - here is the closest that I've bred to the "final result". His only major flaw is he could use a fuller, longer tail.
His coloring is NEW - as the Swedish Flowers do not carry Barring. (He is mottled plus barred.) He contains no Swedish Flower blood at all but is similar in size and type.
The hen version of this color is seen here:
She is small and has pink legs, but we are trying to get this color and other "new" colors, like red/white mottled, or the "ginger" color that is pretty much unique to this strain:
This is not really a Mille color above - it's more like an orange and white mottled, and it has some interesting dark patterning to the feathers as they near the tail.
The Confetti color can be very light or very dark, this was an unusually light hen.
But basically, it would be the Swedish Flower hen, with more genetic diversity - where ANY mottled color would be acceptable. They need spots, but beyond that, base color would be owner's choice. If you wanted Lilac Mottled, great. Mille Fleur, wonderful. Anything goes.
My strain has shown some very unique color variations but they have been woefully small due to the fact these colors came from a unique Banty of unknown breeding. Having a hard time overcoming her small size. We still need to get yellow legs, and larger size. End result would be something with the body type and tail of a Speckled Sussex, but with yellow legs and a large range of Mottled colors. Good dual-purpose, very practical "farm chicken" type.
Aloha everyone!!!! I am sorry I fell off the face of the Earth.
Welcome back Taz!
Welcome back Taz! Hope things are going OK with you.
Things are going better. Still in the process of moving and unpacking and all the not so fun stuff of moving. I will have to take some pictures of the few (very) Aloha's I have. I had problems this spring after they hatched, but after they got about 3 mos old they have done great. Only lost 1 that was on the very small side this summer to the heat.
Will you still be accepting persons that would be willing to promote this new breed? In the spring I am going to invest in a bigger incubator, since I have worn out my 2 Little Giants. I think helping on this "new" breed would be a worthy project!
ANYONE who can keep a breeding flock and hatch out chicks - your help is desperately needed!
Can mail out batches of live chicks, probably starting in December. (Weather may not permit safe shipment until later in spring, depending on your area.)
In general, efforts to ship eggs have never resulted in enough chicks being born on the other end to make a good start to a program. But, if you started by buying some other "large" breeds like New Hampshire Red, Speckled Sussex, Buff Sussex, etc, and had a nice "base" of hens to work with, then maybe a few shipped eggs would work, because if you already have some nice hens, all you need is one decent rooster to hatch to make a go of things. But money-wise shipped chicks are best . . . more up front but so far on three test shipments, we had 100% of the babies make it all the way and survive!
Just updated the Blog with a new post showing the current breeder pen! Wish I had more breeder pens . . . still working on that. LOL.
I've saved 14 eggs from this pen so far. Going to start incubating in 5-7 days. C'mon girls . . . lay lots of eggs for me this week!!!
I went up to visit Stephen today. Due to a snafu, I missed Stephen but I did get to see his chickens! Ha ha!
Tooks tons of photos, but I wanted to share this photo of what must be a half-Sussex hen. She's big and gorgeous!!!
I know, she's not THAT much different from a regular Sussex! Not earth-shattering new ground here. But she is a really pretty girl. No size issues, here, either. I can't wait until we can get Stephen's breeder pens set up and collect eggs from her.