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#84488 - 05/19/08 06:35 PM Re: "Dutch" that are not Dutch
Steve G. Offline
Chicken

Registered: 10/16/06
Posts: 76
Loc: Massachusetts
Laura,
Nice group of males and the hen is a really beautiful. On the Blue Cream for a fault it looks to me like he may carry his wings to low. This could be just how he is standing in the picture and or could be that his legs are a little shorter then they should be. Thats my guess. They are all birds to be proud of. Nice job.
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#84489 - 05/19/08 07:08 PM Re: "Dutch" that are not Dutch
CJR Online   content
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Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 8483
Loc: Montana
Remember, you are not critiquing the BIRD, but his PICTURE. What looks like a tad bit off, here or there, may not look that way, at all, when he moves and you snap at another instant!
Better or worse-it is the bird's picture to critique.

A nice lot of pictures to view!!! CJR

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#84490 - 05/19/08 07:41 PM Re: "Dutch" that are not Dutch
Bushman Offline
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Registered: 07/25/07
Posts: 1046
Loc: Wisconsin
I would think there is too abrupt of a transition from the back to the tail. He may be just carrying his tail too high at the time the picture was taken. Is that it?
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#84491 - 05/19/08 09:06 PM Re: "Dutch" that are not Dutch
Sarah M. Spotten Offline
Bantam

Registered: 02/03/04
Posts: 70
Loc: California
The fault in the otherwise gorgeous BCLB of Laura's (or rather, the picture of him) is in the tail. The top main tail feathers stick out beyond the top sickles, breaking the overall cardioid shape of the tail.

Is this problem harder to breed away from, and that's why it's more of a fault than a six-pointed comb?
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#84492 - 05/20/08 04:18 AM Re: "Dutch" that are not Dutch
Billy Goat Gruff Offline
Feather

Registered: 03/14/08
Posts: 44
Loc: Kentucky
Very good lesson!!!!!! Hard to spot when looking at the entire bird, the whole "picture" so to speak...but when pointed out..it is very obvious.. Thanks Laura and Sarah, I learned something today...is this something that could be dominantly passed on and should we select hard against it if we find it in our birds??? Is there some tail angle to look for that may cause it....I don`t recall seeing it before....but didn`t see it this time either???!!

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#84493 - 05/20/08 01:37 PM Re: "Dutch" that are not Dutch
L. Haggarty Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 06/13/04
Posts: 440
Loc: Kentucky
Quote:
Originally posted by BirdySpot:
The fault in the otherwise gorgeous BCLB of Laura's (or rather, the picture of him) is in the tail. The top main tail feathers stick out beyond the top sickles, breaking the overall cardioid shape of the tail.

Is this problem harder to breed away from, and that's why it's more of a fault than a six-pointed comb?
You win! FWIW, this particular bird got better after he molted and as he matured, with his tail carriage more rounded, and his sickles where they should be. It's something Jean pointed out when I sent her the picture the first time (he's two years older now) and it wasn't until she mentioned it that I was able to see it. I don't think judges may see it either, unless they know what to look for.

It's taught me to select for birds with curvature in their main tail feathers, and is now one of those things I see right away when I look at a bird. Thanks again Jean!

Great spot Sarah (no pun intended.) laugh
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