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#1 2013-02-25 14:56:57

Maggiesdad
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From: Louisa County, Virginia
Registered: 2011-10-05
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last year's best cockerel...

This is the one cockerel I kept out of 17. Not breeding him yet, just got him in training with the laying flock. He's happy with that arrangement.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-q9PV9jOcj4w/USt52eA9YxI/AAAAAAAACcM/6Xb9Jafsjj0/s512/DSC_0117%2520%25282%2529.JPG

Smokey (in center) , bless her heart, sleeps in the nest box and keeps any late afternoon eggs from freezing over night. :love:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-vfGhzOpY5NI/USt7KKX6TEI/AAAAAAAACcY/1OFdSCQNqIE/s720/DSC_0122%2520%25282%2529.JPG

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#2 2013-02-25 16:04:54

Island Girl
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From: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Isla
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Re: last year's best cockerel...

He is a looker Md, Nice coloring and good potential from what I can tell. Nice thick yellow legs and looks like a good comb too. Were you able to keep a back up roo somewhere?

XOX Monika

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#3 2013-02-25 16:43:13

Maggiesdad
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Re: last year's best cockerel...

Island Girl wrote:

He is a looker Md, Nice coloring and good potential from what I can tell. Nice thick yellow legs and looks like a good comb too. Were you able to keep a back up roo somewhere?

XOX Monika

Look at the other post I made today called 'my two pens'.  My lead roos are Black and Yellow. I have one other rooster that is huge, but has a totally wonky comb and way too much white. I keep him for making barnyard mutts. Since last years hatching was with pullets, this year I get serious. So it will take me a year or so to determine how I'm really putting my pairings together. I'm in no hurry. I just have to keep the predators at bay, plus an option or two. ;)

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#4 2013-02-25 17:42:31

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
Registered: 2011-07-03
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Re: last year's best cockerel...

Nice looking fellow :thumbs:  Gotta love the silkies, they are the best :love:

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#5 2013-02-26 00:31:34

gubi
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Re: last year's best cockerel...

He's looking good.  I also like the pullet in front of him.  Why do you have her in the laying pen?  Just because she's only a pullet or am I missing something?  I kept 2 cockerels and 4 pullets back last year out of 100 hatched and I'm not convinced with either of them boys and put big boy back in with his pullets.  He is getting older though and has a sore foot so we will see if he can still get the job donne.


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#6 2013-02-26 01:02:52

Maggiesdad
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Re: last year's best cockerel...

Dang it , gubi , now you've got me second guessing myself! :P

Yes she's a pullet.  1) She just came into lay about three weeks ago. 2) I haven't judged her for capacity yet. 3) I'm not ready to start father/daughter matings yet. 4) I'm not set up for a third breeding pen yet(and don't have a third quality rooster). 5) I'm not trapnesting yet, so my collections are hinging on egg recognition, which is sketchy at best.
When I brought Yellow home from NP, my idea was to pair him with darker hens, since he's a couple of shades darker than Mr. Black. And I threw the one honey pullet in there with them just for giggles. She is bigger than the pullet you are asking about.

My observations from last year's pullet hatchings lead me to believe the girls threw almost carbon copies of themselves in featherings, but right much variation in size. I want to run the same pairings hatching from matured hens and compare those results.  If my hatching predictions from Yellow's pen hold up with Lucky and the three other pullets, then I will draw some conclusions and start rolling from there. I really don't want to hatch for progress, from unproven pullets. So, that's why she's there in the laying pen.

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#7 2013-02-26 01:25:26

Maggiesdad
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Re: last year's best cockerel...

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-KkluVLmvvWM/USwMgvgbr-I/AAAAAAAACco/UTO9oaqEiVc/s200/DSC_0117%2520%25283%2529.JPG

When you look at that guy's legs, it appears he has a smaller secondary spur grown above the first. Is that unusual? It's like that on both legs. He was super dominant to his 7 other bachelor buddies, so I took him out and put him in the laying pen to keep him occupied. I think I'm gonna call him Smooth, 'cause this guy covers like no other rooster I've seen. No ruffled feathers, no squawking -the girls practically line up and squat for him. Darndest thing...

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#8 2013-02-26 01:33:36

NaturesPace
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From: Augusta county VA, USA
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I think Purple has that same spur thing happening. I'll see if I can get a photo tomorrow to see if it's the same thing.


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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#9 2013-02-26 01:36:50

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
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Re: last year's best cockerel...

I have never seen the second spur before??  If he is "smooth" with the ladies you could call him "Rico Suave" ( the ladies man) or Rico for short :lol: 

Well you should have good fertility  :thumbs:

Last edited by Flat Rock Farm (2013-02-26 01:37:15)

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#10 2013-02-26 01:53:08

Maggiesdad
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Re: last year's best cockerel...

NP - BYC

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#11 2013-02-26 03:04:38

Micah and Kiah
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From: West Grey
Registered: 2012-04-20
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Re: last year's best cockerel...

Good roo! The pullet  is my favourite.  She looks like a sister to the three I got from Gubi.


All the best,

Kiah and Micah

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#12 2013-02-26 03:45:39

mikencarol
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From: Oklahoma
Registered: 2012-08-21
Posts: 204

Re: last year's best cockerel...

...Glen...if he is that good with the ladies, maybe you should call him...Ole Mike...after me back in the day  :funny::funny::funny:  Seriously though...he's a good looker.  So your last years pullets, you won't use as breeder birds for this year...unless they are grown and have gone thru a moult??  I just gotta get it straight cause I'm smack in the middle of Deep Cullin..........


I have to keep reminding myself... "It is The Standard of Perfection...NOT the Standard of Quantity that we are striving for..."

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#13 2013-02-26 12:57:01

Susan
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From: Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
Registered: 2011-06-28
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Re: last year's best cockerel...

MD I have seen the spur thing! I was going to write about it. Sparkle,my first Roo has it yet I have never seen it on any other bird. It started last year and is like an extra thick scale right at the top of each spur. It is hard like the spur and continues to grow. I just recently had to trim them because they curl back and were going to grow into his leg if not trimmed. Really odd.

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#14 2013-02-27 02:14:32

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
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Re: last year's best cockerel...

How old is your cockerel In the picture MD?


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#15 2013-02-27 03:56:14

Maggiesdad
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From: Louisa County, Virginia
Registered: 2011-10-05
Posts: 1980

Re: last year's best cockerel...

40 wks,  if that much...

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