Saturday, November 22, 2014

Porcelain D'Uccle Breeding program 2011 to 2014

 


 I started about 4 years ago with the d'uccle breed to start my own project of showing, raising, and breeding bantams, and its been a fun experience so far. I originally started with 2 Mille Fleurs , which then expanded to 2 adults and 3 chicks ,  but about a month later a neighbor dog got into my pen and killed all my birds. In December 2011 my Grandma got me 25 cute little D'uccle chicks as a Christmas present, 10 Mille Fleurs, 5 Porcelains and 10 assorted d'uccles, and that's how my porcelain breeding program got started.
 The two photos above are of 2 of my original birds, Snowflake and Platinum.
 So far my Porcelains have had great temperaments, are great moms, and are good egg layers.
 One of some of my first Porcelain chicks that hatched out in 2012.
 Above is Colonel Blue who was out of the batch above and champion bantam at our community fair, he also won many other awards before the age of  1 .
 This is Copper a half porcelain  half Mille Fleur. His dad was Colonel Blues Brother Glacier , he is a 3rd generation bird and has put a lot of great traits into my birds.
 Above is a photo taken to compare feather quality. Generally porcelains have poor feather quality due to the lavender gene,but it can be improved by crossing them with mille fleurs which is where Copper came in, although he looks like a mille fleur, if bred to a porcelain the chicks come out with porcelain color. On the left is a 3rd generation pure porcelain , on the right is a 4th generation 3/4 porcelain which has a lot of feather quality improvement.
 This is Tundra a 2nd generation porcelain hatched this year out of my best 2 original birds, and is probably one of the best birds Ive bred so far. In this photo she is 6 months old and in moult, currently she is fully feathered and looks even better.
 Another angle of her.
 A close up of her pattern. As far as pattern goes, you want the wing spots to form wide u shaped lines in the middle of the wing ,  good spaced pattern throughout the body with nice blue barring and white spangles,  a light blue tail with a white spot on each tail feather.
A close-up of her foot feathering. Tundra has some of the longest and thickest foot feathers of my d'uccles, a trait desired in the breed , and hopefully she passes this on.
This is Polar, Tundra's brother. So far he's a great looking rooster, although he doesn't have much pattern yet. He has a good base color and better feather quality than most of my pure porcelains..
And finally one of my latest porcelain chicks , a  4th generation 3/4 porcelain. Platinum's great granddaughter, and hopefully her and my other 4th generation porcelains add the great traits they have onto the next generation with many more. ~ By C.T. ( Bugs )







5 comments:

  1. Very pretty! I have d'Uccles too, but mine are Mille Fleur. I just love them!

    ~L

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    1. Bugs has quite a few Mille Fleurs to. His are very friendly. Do you have many Mille Fleurs ?

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  2. Wow! Your photos are awesome. These chickens are really pretty and congratulations upon the blue ribbon.

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  3. I love seeing the individual photos you've taken of your birds and the unique names you've given them! It shows how much time & care you give to them. Even though I raised Porcelains when I was growing up, I never learned as much about them as you have! Keep up the good work :)

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