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  1. Aspen

    OBBBLB young.

    Thanks Trevor!
  2. Aspen

    OBBBLB young.

    Thanks Trevor. Do you think a split OB would also have the lighter tail or does it have to be full OB to have that?
  3. Aspen

    OBBBLB young.

    How dark are the tails on your LBs, Trevor? Are they black or a lighter grey? Thanks
  4. Aspen

    OBBBLB young.

    I have also noticed that OB males take longer to get their solid breast feathers than the normal blacks. Any idea why? I have chicks from September that are only now almost coloured in. Still not totally there.
  5. Aspen

    black cheek and CFW

    Thanks for the answer, Trevor. I thought that CFW would have chestnut cheeks and flanks unless they were full BC. This guy is grey flanked. Am I totally out to lunch on this? This clutch had fawn hens, a CFW hen and these two CFW males. I wouldn't think it is possible for him to be a fawn CFW from these two birds. Here's my thinking - The male looks NG but carries both fawn and CFW. For this male to be fawn CFW, then he would have had to get the fawn gene from his father as well as the CFW and if that were the case the father would be fawn. Is this correct thinking or not?
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    black cheek and CFW

    The brother in the top picture is definitely pied - something which both surprised and disappointed me. NOT what I wanted!! But I don't think the second one - the one in question - is. He has very pale grey flanking, not white like his brother, and his cheek patches streak back and are not cut off/missing like his brothers. I am attaching the best picture I have of his tail. Hope this helps someone help me!
  7. I bred a what looked like CFW female to a black cheek male. No history on either bird. The chicks hatched in September. I got three fawn females, one pied, one CFW female and these two CFW males, one of which is also pied. My question is for the non-pied male. He has zebra striping on his breast, but no solid color there. He has light grey flanking with white dots. His beak appears to be red like the other male - who I know for sure sings. (They are in a cage with 9 males so it is hard to catch this one singing for sure.) The sister CFW to these two has no zebra stripings on her breast and she has the darker feathers on her head typical of a lot of poorly marked CFWs (like her mother). Neither of these two had the darker head markings as chicks. Questions - Is this a male for sure? If not, why the breast and flank markings? If so, why is there no solid chest marking? If this is a split to BC male, why are there no chestnut cheek patches and sides? Might this be a poor full BC CFW? (The hen has a very thick tear.) Does anyone have other ideas on what might be in this bird? Thanks
  8. Aspen

    Slow to color up?

    Following up here. Don't think they are continental as the tail has very pale stripes. I notice I didn't mention that the male was Black Cheek split to CFW and fawn, or at least he must be based on his chicks. The one male is pied so he only has the breast striping half way and no real cheek patches - so I'll put that to pied. But the other one has breast striping, still has the black smudging on the cheeks - no orange - and the sides are a faint grey with the white dots. His beak looks red like the other males he is with, not orange like a female's. He is in a large cage so is difficult to catch for pictures but I can try in a couple days if no one has any ideas for me as to what is going on here. I'm very confused...
  9. Aspen

    First pairings for 2015/16 breeding season

    Thanks for the answer, Nick!
  10. Aspen

    First pairings for 2015/16 breeding season

    Is your hen a LB as well? And what does the extra large tear on her mean? Thanks.
  11. I have my first clutch with CFWs. They are over a week older than a clutch with fawns and normals. The normal and fawn males have their chestnut sides and cheek patching coming in well - very obvious. The CFWs I thought were females - no color coming at all yet. Then I noticed a couple of striped chest feathers and I caught one of them trying to sing. Question - to CFWs normally color up a lot more slowly than other mutations?
  12. Aspen

    Cream Chicks With A Twist

    Dominant silver I presume? Has anyone made them with the recessive silver mutation?
  13. Aspen

    Cream Chicks With A Twist

    Elementary question, but what are the mutations that make up a cream?
  14. Aspen

    Baby Beak Color

    I have had people look at my pictures and say fawn but when I knew it was a grey in real life, so there is a similarity. But this girl (she has to be a girl if she is LB in this case) looks different than her brothers for sure, but is also grey.
  15. Aspen

    Baby Beak Color

    Thanks for the info. Glad to hear from someone who has had them. I'm really thinking this is a lightback female chick. She is different than her brothers - lighter (silver looking) on top and quite white underneath - where she is clean. The nest is very messy and the chicks are the dirtiest I have seen yet, so it may be a while before I get pictures up.