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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:24 pm 
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This is the first year for me breeding these guys and they are the just the best. My favourite birds so far I think.
I have deliberately not taken pics of the perfect stance you see in the show pen because I would like more people to enjoy the ownership of these delightful chickens. They lay eggs like troopers! Which I would not have believed from seeing the egg laying stats. There have been one each a day since July non stop (except for a broody guarding her eggs, due soon) :biggrin:

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:02 pm 
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And a couple of cockerels:

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:08 pm 
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They are stunning RJ! :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:48 pm 
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really nice birds, RJ! Mine aren't as old as yours as I hatched them with broody's but they are about 8wks now. they are so small!! mine are hardly bigger than blackbird! How big were yours at that age? I'm guessing yours where raised in a brooder?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:59 pm 
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a couple of photos from the gallery. I could sit and watch these chickens for ages! (actually, I couldn't sit, they'd be out of sight in minutes they are that active!!)

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:28 pm 
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They are quick Scott and very addictive to sit and watch them. They can fly pretty well too :-D
If I sit down in the pen they climb all over me now. These ones are about 18 weeks old.

Mine were brooder raised but there are more under a hen due soon (forget just when :dontknow ) and some 3 week olds with mum.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:34 pm 
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Well done to both of you. RJ - lovely clean hackles on the silvers. Scotts - it is great to see a willow legged duckwing.


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I agree Blackleghorn, I am very envious of the willow legs in Scotts birds. A couple of the three week olds here (at this stage all of them look like cockerels) have willow legs but not as good as Scotts.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:19 pm 
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thanks for the compliments!
I'll admit I was quite surprised by the willow legs-the fathers and the mothers are slate grey-but I hope they stay willow. Of course it isn't impossible to have them, as the breeder that I got these birds from does have willow legs in his line. I only have willow legs on a couple, as the other chickens are from a different line (the cockerel closest to me in the first pic and the pullet that you commented on are one line, the other ones are a different one).
I wonder if willow legs has something to do with the amount of greenery they get (as do yellow legs)?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:27 pm 
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It doesn't appear to Scotts (to me anyway, and I may be wrong) the ones that develop the willow in the legs in the first few weeks of life seem to keep them. Dark legs stay dark.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:03 am 
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yes, these did have willow legs froman early stage....I think I will put her back to her father and keep her in the breeding pen for a few years.

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Gosh they are beautiful. I think I'm in love!!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:41 pm 
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You should be in love Anna :biggrin: They are gorgeous little things.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:30 pm 
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I have to say I'm seriously tempted by these little birds- they look beautiful and I love your description of their personality - they sound fantastic! How hardy are they?


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Very hardy Trillian. Easy to keep and dont eat too much but love their greens and need room to fly and move around. Plenty of exercise is needed to keep them fit and healthy.

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