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The chocolate coloring is stunning. I think that's the first time I really got to see it.

I keep scrolling back and forth on which ones I like but that's not fair because not all of them are posing where they're type really shows. Although I can't resist saying Blue 3 is top of my list.

And chocolate 1. But the blacks are not really posing well enough for me to choose. Although Gus's 1 looks very interesting.
 

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Checking in real quick with the babies this afternoon! They're about 3 months old now.

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The lighting was all over the place for the Blues, so their colors look a bit off in these pictures, but they're the best I could do. Really loving how some of these boys are filling out... It really is too bad I can only keep so many of them. 😩
If you lived near me, I would take 1-2.
 

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The chocolate coloring is stunning. I think that's the first time I really got to see it.

I keep scrolling back and forth on which ones I like but that's not fair because not all of them are posing where they're type really shows. Although I can't resist saying Blue 3 is top of my list.

And chocolate 1. But the blacks are not really posing well enough for me to choose. Although Gus's 1 looks very interesting.
The chocolates are beautiful. I hope I'm able to hatch plenty of silkied Chocolates next year to work with! :love:

Yeah, it's tough to get them to pose. The boys especially are in that phase where they want to be big tough guys and fight off the scary box that keeps flashing light at them when I'm taking their pictures. :ROFLMAO: At least they're not like Mal, the little OEGB boy I have who actually jumps feet-first at the camera lens with his hackles all flared if I get too close while trying to take his pictures! He's a bit of a butthead, but at least it's only toward the camera and not toward me!

Black 1, Black G1, Chocolate 1, and the three Blue boys are all shaping up really nicely when seen in person, at least in my opinion. I can honestly say the only thing I'm seeing in any of them so far is minor comb things that a couple of them have that I don't like as much as the others. Blue 3, I've been calling him Wyatt. I'm torn between him and Blue 1 (still unnamed) again for my breeder male for the Blue pen, as they're both good looking dudes. :love: I was so confident it would be Blue 1 based on how they looked a month ago, but I guess it goes to show you shouldn't settle on your picks too soon as you never know who's going to have an ugly duckling story! Either way I decide to go, both are certainly sticking around so that I have a backup Blue just in case. Someone on another site suggested I should hatch some from both of them just to see what they both produce, so maybe I'll just do that.


If you lived near me, I would take 1-2.
Well, if you're ever in northeast Indiana, let me know! I usually have a few extra cockerels hanging around anyway. :ROFLMAO:
 

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Well, evidently some of those looks are showing through in their pics since we seem to agree for the most part.

It goes to show what I mentioned about Silkies. I had a couple that no way no how was I keeping them but no one wanted to buy them either. About a year and half later you couldn't tell they were the same birds that were so ugly.

Giggled about Mal. That has to be a shocker when he launches and you're looking to take the shot and not at him.
 

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They are beautiful little birds! I've had an unfortunate string of hawk attacks over the past couple years resulting in most of my females being killed off, so I've had to shelve breeding them for the time being. I want to focus on the silkied Cochins for now anyway. But I do want to work with the OEGBs again, some day in the future when I'm able to build more secure housing for them. They're one of my absolute favorite breeds, along with the Cochins :love:
 

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Checking in again with pictures! I've sat down and really looked at my birds and come to several decisions on which birds to keep and which to move on. What I've concluded is this: I will be keeping all three Blue males that hatched this year, plus Black 1. I will not be keeping the mixed color guy, either of Gus's sons, Black 2, or Jack. There were a number of reasons I came to this decision, but suffice it to say it took a lot of mental back-and-forth before I settled on it and I'm happy with what I've decided on.

I have also decided that Washburne, Juniper, and possibly Bella will be culled from that breeding group after really sitting down and assessing them compared to the standard. Wash's type has always been less than stellar, so she was the obvious one to pull. Bella has some comb issues and beyond that just little things that bug me overall, which is why she's a maybe, and the same issues go for Juni, but Juni's eggs tend to be funky so they wouldn't be great to hatch from anyway, which is why she was the second obvious pull. I haven't taken their pictures in a long time now, but molt is starting to set in so they aren't as pretty as they could be. Actually handling them, though, and really looking them over in person, I feel like this is the right choice for that group. This will also make room for Trixie and Gwenyth to move to that pen, assuming I can tell Gwennie's eggs apart from the Cochins' eggs well enough that I'm confident I won't accidentally hatch from her. If they are too similar, then I'll have to pull her from that pen before I start hatching in the spring.

I did take pictures of the younger crowd yesterday, but the boys have moved to Rooster Row and are a pain in the butt to take pictures of now (well, always, but more so now), so I gave up after I got decent shots of the keeper boys. Since there are fewer pictures, I didn't bother to put them into collages as before. The youngest are about 4 months old now, and Trixie is just shy of 6 months old. I'm thankful I got those leg bands I'd been talking about and put them on Trixie and the younger Black pullet right away, because they are darn near impossible to tell apart now without them!!

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The first one is Trixie! The younger Black pullet (Black 3) I've been calling Boba or Bobo, short for Hellebore. She needed a flower name because she'll be going into Gus's group when she's mature to bulk out the numbers there a little bit, and all of Gus's girls have flower names. :giggle:

Out of the Blue pullets, I've been calling the lightest one (Blue 4) Athena, and the darker girl with good foot feathering (Blue 2) Inara.

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The darker Blue pullet with poor foot feathering (Blue 6), ugh, look at her type!! If only her middle toes weren't so barren of feathering! I started calling her Ottilie 🥰 I know, I know, I shouldn't keep her, but I got so few pullets this year and she's so adorable! She'll live in the mixed flock, as a non-breeder / cull.

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As for the boys, I have the Blue boys named (Zeke for Blue 1, Wyatt for Blue 3, and Levi for Blue 5), but not Black 1 yet, I'm still brainstorming on him. Anyway, here they are in that order:

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