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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:25 am 
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OK, so I wasn't going to have another breed but the eggs were large,white and fertile. :piu-piu Just for the females, not to breed - but now I've got a new, empty pen :scipj

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If a person had 3 Ancona cockerals
no's 1 & 2 had floppy combs and very little mottling on their otherwise yellow leg
no 3 had a nice erect comb with the right number of serrations and nicely mottled yellow legs

and all 3 appeared similar in type, would no 3 be the keeper (or is there something else to consider) :hiding :read

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Hypothetically would you do better to sell them and put more energy into the breeds you already have??? :shoc :hiding


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 3:23 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:10 pm 
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Sounds like a good call to me.

Are the floppy combs because the combs are bigger or are they just floppy?

Is there any obvious difference in their temperament?


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Hypothetically we need to see some pics to offer advice on who to keep :biggrin:

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floppy combs are a no go on ancona cockerels, so cull the ones wit floppy combs!

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I dont want to Hijack your post Sue but I was wondering similarly about my Anconas Comb. Does it matter that its not swept back? I haven't seen many anconas combs that stick straight up like this Cockerel.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:37 pm 
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Hi Vegemite, seems that I'm about to embark on a vertical learning curve about Anconas.
Ask all the questions you like. we can both benefit.
The standards say (quote) 'Comb-single: medium-size upright with five to seven deep, broad, even serrations forming a regular curve,coming well back and following the line of the head, free from excrescences"
Yours looks OK to my inexperienced eye.

Thanks Caladenia - the floppies go.

I have to say I've been enjoying the inquisitive nature of the young Anconas while they were in a mixed breed teenybopper pen. They were the first to check out what I had to offer and I was surprised at how confident they were with me.


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Thankyou Sue I appreciate that! I have a Pullet "Annie the Ancona" :p she is so vocal and is the only chook I own that loves heights! Sleeps in a tree and spends her days on the roof of a chicken house or hay rolls haha very inquisitive breed probably my favorite so far even the Cockerels dont mind a scratch!

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what do you mean swept back? vegemite?

his comb looks of good quality.......not floppy, even serrations, maybe not enough at the front of his comb, but depending on the girls you are working with, can have potential


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Bit of a silly adjective to use I know. But I mean like this bloke his serrations arch back slightly giving his comb a windswept look haha. I think it may be the front though like you said thats not as pronounced on mine that im noticing


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Comb, wattles and lobes all look pretty good to me. I don't have this breed though.

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Just couldn't have an empty pen could I?


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Thanks for your help. I'm happy with the roo I'm keeping - the other 2 will go to auction this month.

Next question - one of the pullets has a comb and wattles that a rooster would be proud of. The other 3 same age, (6 months) same source still have petite pullet head gear.
Will they catch up?
I know the hens have large combs but should they have large wattles?

I am enjoying their character but we have a few 'issues' to agree on. My other chooks free range together durng the day but at bed time (or bucket time) they all put themselves into the 'correct pen' (there are 7 different breeds, 7 pens).
The Anconas free range happily with the rest of the flock but at bed time they disappear. They reappear in the morning, waiting outside their pen, looking accusingly hungry and thirsty. I open the door and they go obediently in. If I leave them in their temporary run (2 metre high fence) they have no trouble flying out. Today I roofed it with shade mesh, hoping that they will learn the routine of going to bed in the 'approved' bedroom at the appropriate time.

I wouldn't recomend them for 'free ranging' in a suburban backyard unless their wings were clipped .


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I love my Ancona flock and yes, they love roosting in trees, even with a nice high internal perch to roost on. The babies are so active!


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