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Wheaten and blue wheaten progress
« on: July 29, 2021, 06:14:44 PM »
Proud of how the wheaten and blue wheaten Ameraucana pullets have come along the past 7 years. A photo popped up on my timehop recently. The top photo is from 2017 and the bottom photos are from 2021. They have gradually gotten closer to correct type and the offspring produced are becoming more consistent.

Just wanted to make a quick post and say thank you to Jean, Paul and Susan for your help!
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Re: Wheaten and blue wheaten progress
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2021, 09:53:03 AM »
I keep seeing these beautiful birds of yours.
When are you posting cockerels?
Anxious to see them!
Good job setting the bar.
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Re: Wheaten and blue wheaten progress
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2021, 12:27:58 PM »
There is still a lot to do but they are gradually improving. I think I finally got the off color out of the tails on the wheaten and blue wheaten cockerels. I have been selecting against it the last several years and I don’t see it in any offspring this season.
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Re: Wheaten and blue wheaten progress
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2021, 02:04:35 PM »
Oh wow that's a lot farther than I am on color in the tails.
Just send me a picture if you don't want to post them.
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Re: Wheaten and blue wheaten progress
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2021, 06:09:13 PM »
Just sharing this here to track my progress on large fowl wheaten and blue wheaten males. I know you have already seen the pic Kris.

This season I worked on combs on the wheaten and blue wheaten cockerels. Thrilled to have three cockerels with tight combs to carry forward for 2022. Loose combs on the males have been plaguing me for a few years. Next year, or shall I say for the next several years, I will be working on the hackle striping on the males. Making progress slowly but surely.

 
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Re: Wheaten and blue wheaten progress
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2021, 07:37:23 PM »
Nice pictures Lindsay, but better yet NICE BIRDS!!!!
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Re: Wheaten and blue wheaten progress
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2021, 10:09:29 PM »
Thanks Gordon. :)
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Re: Wheaten and blue wheaten progress
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2021, 07:11:20 AM »
They look great.
I'm impressed and inspired.
It doesn't look like I've got much improvement in my males this year, but am happy with my pullets.
Still some growing to do, so maybe I'll find a keeper or two in there.
Thanks for the nice pics.
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Re: Wheaten and blue wheaten progress
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2021, 04:28:01 PM »
Thanks! I’m good with a camera and they do need some work. They have definitely gotten better though. I raised 18 males this season to maturity and am “very happy” with two and “mostly happy” with two others. Being pleased with 4 of 18 (22% of the males) is decent considering how hard the wheaten and blue wheaten are to work with, especially regarding all the coloration issues one must watch for, but I would like to get that percentage higher. I’m fairly picky. I kept one wheaten cockbird from last year. I raised 20 pullets. 12 made it through the cut and were considered breeding quality IMO (60%). I am not concerned with keeping large numbers, so I culled down to 9, as the 9 were considered show quality IMO (45%). I may cull down one more time and keep 7 because two of the pullets have attributes I want to select against. Those 7 combined with the 6 hens I kept from last years hatches along with the four cockerels and one cock should hopefully produce some decent birds for 2022.
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Re: Wheaten and blue wheaten progress
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2021, 07:19:24 PM »
They look great 🤟🤟

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Re: Wheaten and blue wheaten progress
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2021, 09:37:03 PM »
They look great 🤟🤟

Thank you!
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