Birds * Bands * Projects
Dabbling in the genetics pool is fun for every chicken professional or back yard mad scientist. In the planning stage of crossing genes, it is all written in black and white whether, on paper or in the cyber world. In our minds eye the pefect specimen is born, as is on our black and white view of ratios, percentages, and future generation calculations. This in no way prepares us for gazing at the reality of our plan in action. Patterns and colors woven together in the lords mind eye can leave us breathless. Other times...It is a, "what was I thinking, um-no!" Either way, it is enjoyable and entertaining.
Crele and Partridge are my favorite patterns. This project is to produce a Crele Wyandotte. The English Crele Orpingtons are gorgeous, sweet, fluffy and round. We are taking the temperament the roundness and the true crele coloring and transferring it onto a Partridge Wyandotte. The females have a lovely salmon color breast. The males are brilliant in color. This is our 2nd year with them. Orpington have white legs which is dominent over the desired yellow of Wyandottes. Next year we should start to see the yellow legs. We really lucked out on the original crele Orpington we crossed with. He had a very wide head which is a desired trate in the Wyandotte.
2015 we have been working on a blue Partridge Wyandotte. The below photo is from a hen from our foley line.
We took a 2014 blue laced red hen showing the double lacing characteristics and put her in with one of the standard partridges. This years chicks are still maturing but, the adult feathering is starting to come in. The penciling is showing up beautifully. We will post some pictures when they get a little older.