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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by 1lpoock, Jan 25, 2010.
Just wondering....here is a picture!
Here's the standard with DQs and defects listed.
Not a terrible head, lobes could be a bit bigger. He appears to have a lot of purple sheen to his feathers. This is not desireable.. He's out of condition so it's hard to tell for sure but his tail seems a bit pinched. Ideally his tail feathers would be wider.
What do you mean by out of condition...sorry new to this
I think They might mean just out running around, they get ruffled and feathers get damaged a bit. I dont show these birds but had a freind who did. months befor show they made comfortable pens well ventilated bright area and feed for condition both meat and feathers like adding sunflower seeds and a little oil and during that time a higher protien feed to brighten everything up minimizing feather damage. If I remember right , they lined lower quadrent of conditioning pen with cardboard or smooth plywood , so the chicken wire behind wouldt damage feathers.
The tail and wing feathers are split and raged. He needs to go through a good molt and maybe put on a good hi-protein feed and a little bit of black oiled sunflower seed for added oil and plenty of water..
Like nyreds said his earlobs should be bigger and he has alot of purple sheen to him. could be just that he is on a high corn diet
I agree with what everyone else has said. The "purple sheen" is not desirable. It should be beetle green sheen. He looks like he has a nice "valley" where his tail connects to his body. That curve is desirable.. many have a harsh break which forms a "v" shape. His tail may be in the process of growing out. Rosecombs feather slowly. How long have you had him? I would put him on a high protein diet like a gamebird feed. Oils are good as well as vitamins. I feed mine tons of table scraps. I roast a chicken or turkey every couple a weeks in the Winter and I always put the carcass in the rosecomb run to pick clean. Some say this "just ain't right" But, the protein is great for them. Let's face it. Chickens are scavengers.
As for his head, he has a nice angle on his comb. His lobes are a bit small but nice and round... he may be young. His legs are a bit light. The standard calls for dark slate. That may just be the camera. There is something wierd about his overall shape. Rosecombs have prominent chests and a tight wing carriage covering some of the thigh but not the hock. They are compact, proud looking birds. Overall, I think you have a decent bird.
He is about 20 something weeks old...cant remember exactly....I'm sure he is still growing his tail feathers...but I definitely will get him mor protein...thanks for the opinions!
This is a super educational post!! Thanks to all you experts for real insights. I'm not a breeder, but the show birds are fascinating, and it's always fun to learn more. That's why I'm SO hooked on BYC!
But now I have questions, too. (all your fault!)
Is it feeding the causes the green or purple sheen in the feathers? I've known for a while that purple is not desirable, but I've always wondered why.
And this bird's ear lobes look HUGE to my untrained eye!! MsBear, could you post a picture of one of yours to show what you're describing?
This pic shows a nice-typed roo though Im not satisfied with his tail... should be bigger though he does have wide feathers which is another necessity for a good rosecomb. His wing carriage is nice.. just above the hock
This hen shows a nice head though her lobes are not round enough
Here's a pic of some girls on the run. It's important to catch birds in a natural pose to judge accordingly. I like to stand outside with my birds and watch them peck and eat and this is how I choose my keepers.
This one shows the beetle green sheen which is genetic. I have had birds hatch from the same clutch that grew different sheens. ...some have lots of green.. some minimal, some have hints of purple but are mostly green (acceptable) and some have more purple.. those get the boot. Someone said it could be the diet. That has not been my experience but that may be apart of it.
I hope 1pook doesnt mind all the pics.. I tend to get excited about my birds. and there isn't a big rosecomb crowd here on byc so Im always happy to hear folks chatting about them.