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Barnevelder colour development

Postby teach » Sun Mar 29, 2015 6:51 pm

Took my 12 barnvevelder chicks home from school today and placed them in their new quarters in preparation for the holidays next week
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They are supposed to be Double laced Barnvelders. I have no doubts they are, but there is a tremendous range of colours and patterns at the moment. They are 6 weeks old today.
I have a couple of roosters to dispose of and wonder if it is too early to cull on colour or should I wait for a month or two?

Here are some shots of 3 of the boys, showing the range in feather colour.

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Re: Barnevelder colour development

Postby Marina » Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:58 am

Nice quarters...
It's definitely still a bit early to make a decision to cull - unless you want to cull all cockerels.

However, as far as I'm aware, the Barnevelder males should have some lacing on their chests so the one with a black chest is unlikely to fit that criteria.

The plumage will change with their moult into adult feathers - how much I don't know.
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Re: Barnevelder colour development

Postby teach » Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:56 pm

The new quarters are pretty flash. There is an old tack room on the lifestyle block we purchased at the end of last year. I converted it to a chook house, lining the floor with old tarps. It has a small set of yards that the chooks can have.

With 5 cockerels I thought a few can go round the road. The dark one's days are numbered anyway. He has no fear, eyeballing me whenever I am near, and pecked me the other day when I was feeding them. I suspect he might be a handful when bigger.

The boy with the most patterning seems to be trying to keep a small harem of 3 girls together so I might look closely at keeping him. He is always pushing a few off in a group.
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Re: Barnevelder colour development

Postby Dean » Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:13 pm

I hatched 4 Barnevelders, the two roosters were quite different, the 1st has gone to chicken heaven as he was a bully, sadly because he had a lot more colour than this one. The hens are the same.

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Re: Barnevelder colour development

Postby teach » Thu Jul 09, 2015 4:26 pm

I have 2 roosters left, having culled out for comb.
One is very dark, lots of black feathers, with noticebly yellower legs.
The second has a lot more brown/red. He is also the dominant one, the black one is subservient and is slower developing his hackle and tail feathers. I have also seen him mounting the girls given a chance.
I am torn between the two. I suspect the black one is a dark, single laced type, but the red/brown will be more useful to me. I read that the ideal rooster is as black as possible but ithink that is for the original black, german types.
These came from a hatching with eggs sourced from 1 rooster unrelated to the 12 or so hens. They were supposed to be double laced. The breeder says she has some triple laced. I have 2 girls which I also suspect to be triples.
The surviving rooster will be bred to his half sisters.
Any ideas?
2 photos of the black one.
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2 photos of the red/brown one.
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Re: Barnevelder colour development

Postby nhb » Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:02 pm

I think the second bird is the best of the two
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Re: Barnevelder colour development

Postby teach » Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:09 pm

I think so too. I am probably just putting off the inevitable.
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Re: Barnevelder colour development

Postby AlisonS » Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:42 pm

Barnevelders make a nice table bird - so it's not a complete waste to grow them on a bit!
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Re: Barnevelder colour development

Postby Dean » Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:42 am

AlisonS wrote:Barnevelders make a nice table bird - so it's not a complete waste to grow them on a bit!

Bugger, I didn't realise that. :o Thanks. :D
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Re: Barnevelder colour development

Postby trtapp » Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:53 pm

General consensuses among Barnevelder breeders is the Roosters with a black chest produce a better lacing in the hens
also a lot of NZ Barnvelder hens seem to be getting a black color on there legs

I would use the one with the darkest chest and yellow legs
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Re: Barnevelder colour development

Postby trtapp » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:23 pm

some of my Barnvelders

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offspring pullets
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not happy with the pullet in the front has a lot of bright shafting I think they call it
will see how they go when they get bigger
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Re: Barnevelder colour development

Postby Marina » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:42 pm

I like your female. Your male would do better with a darker hackle and he looks more like a light breed than a heavy breed. That's a common problem with Barnevelders these days. The yellow legs are better expressed if the Barnevelder is on a wheaten base but they should be on a partridge base where it's more difficult to get nice yellow legs in the females. Many of the Barnies with nice yellow legs are on wheaton but this means they have other imperfections.
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Re: Barnevelder colour development

Postby trtapp » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:48 pm

Yes he is too red in hackles and too much red elsewhere
he is just a cockerel got him will try and grow him up on Westons Grower pellets
and some meat meal if I can get some
Hoping he will fill out
will be interesting to see him in a few months

will keep working on them

Thanks for your feedback
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Re: Barnevelder colour development

Postby trtapp » Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:05 pm

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what can you tell me about the coloration of this barnevelder hen at the front I used to have a hen like this but lost her to a stoat attack
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Re: Barnevelder colour development

Postby Marina » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:52 am

She looks like a nice hen to me - one of the nicest I have seen.
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