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#1 2011-07-19 02:42:56

skeffling lavender farm
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From: Wiarton, ON, Canada
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My EO hens from last year (in with Specky) Pic heavy

My best and friendliest 2 girls.  The near one looks smaller as she has less feathers from the young dude, but she is the best of the two as she has yellow the other has white legs, both are heavy.  Poplar girl the far one I think is the Mom of your friendly girl, she certainly looks like her!

http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad340/skefflinglavenderfarm/IMG_6474.jpg

Not happy about the new saddle
http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad340/skefflinglavenderfarm/IMG_6479.jpg

She`s a big girl! 
http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad340/skefflinglavenderfarm/IMG_6489.jpg

The third smaller hen, not as mottled, white legs, more timid
http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad340/skefflinglavenderfarm/IMG_6493-1.jpg

Speckled Jim Looking wide in the chest
http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad340/skefflinglavenderfarm/IMG_6464-2.jpg
Showing the girls some food
http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad340/skefflinglavenderfarm/IMG_6457-1.jpg

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3 year old spurs
http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad340/skefflinglavenderfarm/IMG_6430-1.jpg

Lots of brown and white, he bleaches right out to white in the sun
http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad340/skefflinglavenderfarm/IMG_6467.jpg

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#2 2011-07-19 11:31:07

poplar girl
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Re: My EO hens from last year (in with Specky) Pic heavy

Do you have any pictures of the girls when they were young SLF? Just trying to understand how much they change as they grow up.

I don't know how speckled Jim was when young but I have it in my head that one of my young roosters hatched from Susan's eggs will be like him. Little guy will run for me (out the gate too!) when he sees me, loves to be picked up and cuddled. He isn't too pecky either. I think I am keeping him. He looks like he will develop the white tail feathers but he does have yellow feet and no obvious side sprigs (a little wrinkle at the back of his comb I am not sure about). Do you pick Specky up, how does he react? What about when you man handle his hens, any reaction?

Do you think all the white legged hens would carry one gene for yellow legs? The son has yellow legs too or are his white? I am thinking that there are more important traits to select for as long as the girls carry the gene for yellow legs.

What about the genes for barring, have you hatched any hens without bars? Just wondering if kneed to worry about the roosters only carrying one gene.

Wow I am so full of questions. Trying to balance just enjoying these lovely birds personality with selecting for the right genetics is exhausting!


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

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#3 2011-07-20 00:16:53

JaerhonChanteclerEuskies
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From: Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
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Re: My EO hens from last year (in with Specky) Pic heavy

they look really good I always like looking at pictures.


Mainly raising Norwegian  Jaerhorn’s, Partridge  Chantecler’s, White Chantecler’s,  Euskal Oiloas, Ameraucana’s, Wheaten Maran’s, Barred Rock Cochin’s, White Silkie’s , Saxony Ducks, Rouen Clair ducks, Australian Spotted Ducks Lavender Guinea Fowl, Welsh Mountain Sheep, Cashmere Goats and Texas Longhorn Cattle.

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#4 2011-07-20 01:15:49

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Re: My EO hens from last year (in with Specky) Pic heavy

looks like the girl closest in the first picture is a real character.  I bet she chats with you all the time!  Speckled Jim is one hansom Rooster!  thanks for sharing the pictures.


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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#5 2011-07-20 03:44:35

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: My EO hens from last year (in with Specky) Pic heavy

Those 2 are both as friendly and chatty, tripping me up etc! The baldy one is a naughty girl with the boys, a ready squatter if there ever was one, hence the baldy wing elbows!  Maybe 2 times out of the 3 she is the first to reach me, the other one with the pink apron 2nd.  Lindy Lou has another like just them, big and beautifully coloured, but a blue legged girlie.  That hen was even more friendly, running up and hopping onto my knee any time I sat down.  Mind you that pullet really thought I was her Mom.  When she was 2-3 weeks old, I started taking her out to the lavender beds with me when weeding I'd "buck buck buck" and she'd come running, and I'd show her where the bugs were.  I could only have let her go to a great chicken Mom!

I'll have to look Poplar Girl for early pics.  I am not sure sure I do have them, probably do but can't be certain who was who.  I have some from November that I could probably ID individuals when they were 3-6 months old, but nothing much earlier.  I had quite a few EOs hatched, sold a few locally (maybe 30 or so) and lost almost a whole batch of 9 lovely yellow legged 5-6 week olds to a weasel or something that took heads off and bit jugulars when hubby forgot to close up their tractor the second day they went out free ranging :sad:  The yellow legged naughty girl was survivor from that group and there was a BLRW roo left alive too that morning.  They are the ones in the pictures of juveniles in my Squidoo article.  My avatar was a later hatched female and was either a second blue legged girl who Lindy Lou has or is the pink apronned girl. I will go through all my pics and post what I have!  It's crazy here, after we have pretty well decided to try and build, someone dropped in for eggs Sunday morning, asked if they could have a tour of the grounds as they were interested in the farm, didn't even see inside the house and are talking offer with our relator and another lot want to come tomorrow.  It is 30+ degrees here and we are vacuuming and cleaning with no a/c after being at work all day :Crazy:

Speckled Jim is  Handsome lad, and gentlemen, I wish all roosters were like him.  He was always very white as a young roo, we thought he was female as he was so friendly and so pale.  Anyone with a roo like him is lucky.  I am glad you have one like him PoplarGirl.  I have to video mybirds when I get a minute, I did find my camera.  He goes up and down the run when he sees me, and he chats too.  If I sit on the ground he'll come and sit on my legs or lean up to me for a cuddle.  I can pick him up any time at all.  Never a peck or anything other than total relaxation once you get a hold of him. He will sit on your knee with his neck stretched out onto your arm and close his eyes, and he does a deep breathing noise too when he;s relxed!  He is heavy and has horrible balance (once hung onto my chin with his beak to steady himself when I was lifting him down from head height and ouch...I still have  an indentation here! :whistle: ) so you have to get a good hold of him.  When we had him in with the spare roos over the winter, I had a  2 foot plywood wall so they couldn't see the hens and he would jump up to try to see me as I'd approach from the hens side, chatting all the time, you'd see this white flash, talking away at you.  Oh and no reaction when you pick the hens up even in that little run. No suspicion or change in stance, actually when he is going up and down the run when he sees me, he'll push by them like they are not there! :whistle:

I'd say all things being equal on the white legs 2/3 should carry yellow assuming a yellow legged dad and white mom or vice versa.  I really have to get my head around the barred gene thing.  I have hatched some that  really just have the lighter feather shafts last year and only kept one and not much mottle like the smaller girl#3 up on the pics.  The son, father of this years chicks and eggs I sent out has yellow legs.  I have to get the pics off may camera as I have some pics of him and Blondie.

It is a lot to learn, when all else fails and my mind is all mixed up from critiquing them, I just relax and enjoy their company! =D

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