Thursday, June 19, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
Black Mottled D'Uccle * breeding project, she is the parent of the blue chick above. I knew she carried the dilute gene but it shouldn't have shown till another generation. This left me thinking maybe the dilute genetics in her were very strong and it wasn't until later I solved the mystery.
To read how the Porcelain to Mille genetics work see my post D'Uccle Color Genetics *. I will update how the chicks are coming along soon along with some photos of their family tree. By Bugs .
Friday, March 14, 2014
Ella on her nest. Since Ella is a first time mama I want to make sure she can incubate and raise her young. Sebastopol geese are not too common and they are expensive , so I gave 6 of Ella's eggs to friends to incubate in their incubator , replacing her eggs with fertile duck eggs . She is sitting on 9 duck eggs. Duck eggs have the same incubation time and requirements as goose eggs. Plus, if she successfully hatches them, they will thrive with her as a mama. If she does well I'll let her tend her own eggs next spring.
Fella guarding Ella. Geese can be scary as they run at a person with their wings spread wide, hissing and biting, but Fella does not do that to me. I think he still loves me and knows I'll not hurt him or Ella, but he's not so nice to our dogs and the ducks ! Good for him.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Best of all fresh from the chicken eggs !
2014 Goals for my poultry :
- Buy more white Orpingtons & Americaunas for laying flock
- train geese & ducks to live and graze near the pond which will be a better home and environment for them ( in other words, they aren't to live in the backyard anymore )
- Prepare the new Silkie Shack for my Silkies and breeding program.
- Begin culling doves for the whitest , hoping to breed out the ghost of a ring around their necks I find in a few doves.
- Nurture assorted bantam hens , make new nest boxes for them to incubate & brood chicks.
- Buy new Bantam White Cochin chicks, some frizzled.
- Learn more about the Porcelains I have ( thanks Bugs ) and begin preparing them for show.
- Look into local poultry shows and begin preparations.
- Enjoy my chickens fully !!!!!!!!
Friday, December 13, 2013
In this post I will be writing about some of the d'uccles color genetics and how to improve some of the problems that occur in these colors.
Above is a photo of the wing of my Porcelain rooster this is a feather quality problem that happens with Porcelains mainly the Roosters, you can breed this out by breeding them to mille Fleur's , the chicks will come out Mille Fleur's with Porcelain Genes , then you breed the chicks back to other Porcelains those chicks should then come out Porcelains, a few generations of breeding them to Porcelains that haven't been crossed to any other colors should eliminate the Mille Fleur Genes. Below is one of the chicks from my Black Mottled Project, He is a Porcelain Black Mottled Cross the red Color in his feathers comes from the mille Fleur in the background of the Porcelain , the porcelain is a Mille Fleur with the Lavender gene which turns buff or red to cream and black to Light blue , breeding one of the chicks below should Produce Blue or Self Blue Mottleds which I guess I will find out when I breed the hen I hatched this year.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Bugs answers the judge's questions.
I think he did O.K.
Both Bugs and his sister did O.K. Congratulations to my two bird-brains !