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Tolbunt Polish

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by josh44, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Yes..marans x tolbunts...They all hatched together...I kept all the hens with them..This way the pure tolbunts do not get overmated, extra warmth for winter snuggling, and Ill hatch some of those cross eggs just to add to my layers...certainly not project of any sort ..just curiosity;)
     
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Wait! Illia..I just reread your post..youve hatched that cross before? Id love to see what they look like...Congrats on the babies
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Very nice chicks, Illia. It'll be nice to see them photographed at different ages.
     
  4. Very Beautiful chicks!
     
  5. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    I spoke too soon!!!! I came home today to the mixed tolbunt eggs and PURE ones!!! The girls are finally laying!!!
     
  6. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wonderful news! Maybe mine will start soon.
     
  7. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    This question is probably geared more towards Illia. I have 3 tolbunt roos (one is getting rehomed) and had to get gold laced hens because we know how hard it is to get anyone to part with their hens. I need to know which roo to use for the first cross. I have one that has an awesome balance of color and the other two have more white. Would I use one of the roos with the more white to add the white to the gold laced? I will try to get pics if they all come out at the same time today...
     
  8. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Well, it doesn't matter and matters at the same time. If the more white Tolbunt is older than the less white one, it doesn't matter. But otherwise the only matter to consider is that his excess white if younger than I'd imagine is going to pass on, not to the first gen (you won't see mottling) but the next unless you start fixing it with a better mottled bird. Tolbunts need help in the mottling department, and continuously using poorly marked birds doesn't help. But, the question is, your lesser white one, does he still have the same wing/tail errors just less main bodily white or is he actually more balanced like you'd see on a show quality Sussex, d'Uccle, or the sort?

    So in short answer, it just depends. Work with what you have and what you think best. I have a male with less white than the other, both same age, but I'm using both because I couldn't afford to get rid of one and possibly lose the other without a backup, and both have a trait that is worse or better than the other. One's got better weight and better color, but the other has a much much better nostril, comb, and tail angle however he also is smaller, and has the weirdest crow and voice that almost sounds sick or something. (but he is healthy) The first one gets the job done really, really well though. Never had a more fertile rooster.

    So with me I use both, however if need be (I don't often do tolbunt x gl x tolbunt though) I'll use the male with bigger size worse comb first, then in the 2nd gen I'll use the smaller male better comb to get rid of the original comb issue. Color with mottling for me with my boys isn't that terribly important, as I've got other issues to tackle first.

    To each their own, it is up to you. When outcrossing the mottling amount doesn't matter that much right now.
     
  9. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    since I am relatively new to polish I guess I will have to post pics of all three boys and maybe you can help me decide which would be best?
     
  10. the new breed

    the new breed Out Of The Brooder

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    the cutest birds
     

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