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#1 2014-09-01 17:44:13

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
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Wrinkled wattle, how big a deal?

One of the defects I have had come up in my marraduna the past two years is wrinkled or folded wattles.

This young fellow is a fairly extreme case but if you can look past the wattle I really like the look of this boy. So what would you do? Freezer camp or keep and chance breeding him?

http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/sulzmi/Euskal%20oiloa/6c8cf0aa5b31682bd09316a405084b23.jpg

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

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#2 2014-09-01 20:42:32

Lisa
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From: near Arthur, Ontario, Canada
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Re: Wrinkled wattle, how big a deal?

PG,

Everything else about this guy looks terrific! How wonderful that the worst thing about him is his wattles! I vote breed him anyway - if the wrinkled wattle breeds true on the boys, he should at least throw gorgeous daughters.

Like the size on him.


When all else fails, go spend time with your chickens. :)

Pens are currently filled with Red Cuckoo (Marraduna) and Red Basque (Gorria) breeders, Spitz, and Seramas.

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#3 2014-09-02 00:22:51

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Wrinkled wattle, how big a deal?

I agree with Lisa :thumbs:

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#4 2014-09-02 11:18:07

poplar girl
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Re: Wrinkled wattle, how big a deal?

Two votes for "give the boy a chance". I will do a hands-on assessment then and see how he seems under all those feathers. And see how his temperament is.

He likes the girls, I can tell you that much. The rooster pen shares one side with the pullet pen and this boy spends almost all his time standing by the girls gazing at them...


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

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#5 2014-09-02 11:23:58

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Wrinkled wattle, how big a deal?

:jumping: =D.  Well if he is watching the girls that closely he would be a good guardian for them as well :thumbsup:

He seems to be "King" of the bucket of goodies too!!!  :funny:

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#6 2014-09-02 12:39:00

gubi
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Re: Wrinkled wattle, how big a deal?

make that 3 votes.  If he is heavy enough why not, the wattles to me are minor.


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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#7 2014-09-02 23:27:48

Lisa
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From: near Arthur, Ontario, Canada
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Re: Wrinkled wattle, how big a deal?

PG,

I was talking with a pretty experienced breeder of another breed this week, and he said it very plainly to me.

"If a bird has a lot of outstanding characteristics that I want to pass on, and only one fault that I can breed out in a generation or so, I use the bird. If he brings enough to the table, I overlook the fault but cull heavily to avoid it in the future". :thumbs:


When all else fails, go spend time with your chickens. :)

Pens are currently filled with Red Cuckoo (Marraduna) and Red Basque (Gorria) breeders, Spitz, and Seramas.

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#8 2014-09-02 23:29:01

Lisa
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From: near Arthur, Ontario, Canada
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Re: Wrinkled wattle, how big a deal?

PS - I still can't believe that in 3 or 4 years, we are now worried about wrinkled wattles rather than clavell comb, blue legs, black in all sorts of funny places, and white in the tail!! Yeah EO breeders!!!=D


When all else fails, go spend time with your chickens. :)

Pens are currently filled with Red Cuckoo (Marraduna) and Red Basque (Gorria) breeders, Spitz, and Seramas.

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#9 2014-09-03 00:31:01

Island Girl
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Re: Wrinkled wattle, how big a deal?

He is lovely and I definitely think he should be used as a breeder after a good hands on evaluation.  Don't forget to check for that darned crooked breast Bone!

XOX Monika

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#10 2014-09-03 01:15:07

poplar girl
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Re: Wrinkled wattle, how big a deal?

Well it's unanimous so far then! I picked him up today just to see...he is not super heavy but not a bad size either and no biting or going crazy. I have a friend coming over to help me decide who to keep with a fresh set of eyes so if that goes well I guess he may get to stay.

Now the real question is where do I overwinter all the potential breeding roosters :chairhide:


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

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#11 2014-09-03 01:17:09

poplar girl
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Re: Wrinkled wattle, how big a deal?

Lisa wrote:

PS - I still can't believe that in 3 or 4 years, we are now worried about wrinkled wattles rather than clavell comb, blue legs, black in all sorts of funny places, and white in the tail!! Yeah EO breeders!!!=D

I do have some of those traits still popping up! But less and less in at least :whistle:


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

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