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Does this look like a pea comb to you?

(Zone 6b)

He looks like he's wearing a big pirate hat doesn't he? Ok, I'm looking at pirate hats and they go the wrong direction. Somebody in history wore big hats that went from the front to the back and were long and slender.

No wonder the man selling him as araucana put his head down and only showed his back. lol

They say a sucker is born every minute, and I'm sure I qualify, esp when it comes to chickens! Sometimes I get a really nice bird totally unexpectly though. Guess you take the good with the bad.

So, DonnaB, what do you think of this guy? Finally got a picture on here for you to see. He is such a funny guy. I turned him loose this evening and he jumped on the female then spread his wings and was chasing the other hens. I thought, oh boy, just what I need some arau-silkies. Caught him pretty quickly and put him back in his cage. He is very eager to reproduce his hat.

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Vancleave, MS(Zone 8b)

not even close LFJ and the legs are not yellow but not sure it matters on a splash since they are AOV. Do not breed that bird to your Araucana hen. Find him a loving home. Those people knew that was a really bad comb when you bought it. If you decide you want to try again for much better but not show quality please contact me. I have some babies hatching now. so far I have 2 whites. 1 born a few weeks ago and 1 yesterday. No tufts on them though. Most all my hens are broody and sitting on more eggs than they can cover lol

(Zone 6b)

I wonder how he got such a comb if they raise and sell araucanas.

I was just looking online at some araucanas and saw some called birchen. Man, that rooster is beautiful.

I really need to calm down and get some pens built before I start buying anything else.

I really hadn't considered having other breeds beside the silkies, but now I have the araucana and the wyandottes. Yesterday I saw a partridge wyandotte they were selling that looked almost identical to mine. Had never seen the rooster. He was certainly stunning. I think they were in TN but now I can't seem to find where I was seeing them. The people that sold me mine were from Arkansas I believe.

Donna why do you not consider your araucana show quality?

(Zone 6b)

DonnaB, look what I found in my garage in a planter. You can't tell from the picture but they are very very light blue. The beige one is a silkie egg. It has to be the little araucana's eggs? Such big eggs for a little bird. I'm still in shock. I expected them to be darker too.

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Vancleave, MS(Zone 8b)

because they have faults such as wrong color legs on certain birds,some have white ears, markings not quite right
Take Patches my best so far. He has white ear patch, legs are not quite green enough, and his duckwing patch is not perfect, his bill is a touch long, his breast is supposed to be solid black and not flecked with the gold, and he has more of a cushion comb than pea comb.

The roo that was so beautiful like Patches but more black(silver duckwing??) had a comb like yours. it's what's in their genes and needs to be bred out. They breed out to other species to get better feather color, leg color or markings etc

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Vancleave, MS(Zone 8b)

the eggs color doesn't show up well in pics on the light blue eggs. Makes them look white. Some of mine are very light to med blue to greenish and still have 1 or 2 that lay white to tan eggs. I missed one on the cull a few weeks ago. not sure who's doing it. Egg color is another thing breeders work on. Usually cross with Ameraucana I think to improve and then have to breed the Ameraucana looks back out. it's a long process for breeders to get that perfect bird and egg. They say 1 out of 100 you hatch is show quality if you are lucky and have good birds to start with

(Zone 6b)

Oh I see. I read the real true silkies are white. They introduced different breeds into the bloodlines to give them the colors.



Brunswick, GA(Zone 9a)

I'm not into show type chickens but your chicken appears to be a straight comb.

Pelzer, SC(Zone 7b)

*G*. I think it was a rhetorical question :)

(Zone 6b)

DonnaB that Patches of yours is just beautiful! Man is he gorgeous or what? I like the gold flecks too. Wow.

Brunswick, GA(Zone 9a)

*G*. Please spare me my life, i was not aware it was a rhetorical question :-)

Pelzer, SC(Zone 7b)

Thy life shall be spared. Thou knewest not...

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