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#9307 - 07/21/02 05:49 AM test image
Anny Offline
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#9308 - 07/21/02 05:53 AM Re: test image
Anny Offline
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#9309 - 07/21/02 06:06 AM Re: test image
Anny Offline
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Seems to work now! laugh
This are CJR's "New Best Friend" cockerel and hen.

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#9310 - 07/21/02 06:08 AM Re: test image
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Now I have to learn this by heart. Wow. confused

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#9311 - 07/21/02 08:59 PM Re: test image
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Anny, the rooster is beautiful....sorry to be so uninformed but what kind is he?

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#9312 - 07/22/02 12:31 PM Re: test image
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sadlm2, maybe the experts will tell us. It's just a picture I took visiting an open-air museum. I will try to contact that museum and ask. Anny

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#9313 - 07/23/02 07:20 AM Re: test image
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He reminds me of the Norfolk Grey but there may be other breeds on the continent that are similar in appearance (just look how many breeds and varieties there are of barred fowl). He is a beauty!

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#9314 - 07/23/02 08:07 AM Re: test image
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I received a mail from the "Open Air Museum" with information about the cock. It is a Silver Ardenner. It's a forest fowl and is the only breed here that has adjusted to survive in the (wild!) forest without help. They stay out all year and roost in the trees.
At this museum they've had them for 15 years now - never vaccinated - never any disease. They undergo a natural selection - museum visitors do (naturally) steal chicks sometimes and the foxes get some more - but the hardiest, smartest and quickest survive.
So after 15 year they end up with a very vigorous flock. smile

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#9315 - 07/23/02 08:34 AM Re: test image
Anny Offline
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Here is a picture of a whole bunch of those pretty guys.

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#9316 - 07/23/02 11:16 PM Re: test image
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Thanks, Anny, for finding out the breed of these gorgeous creatures! Also, your description helps ease some concerns I have with regard to the Blue Andalusions in my flock. They are so quick to explore and adapt to new people and things in the coop that I started to wonder if the bravest members of the flock are actually more prone to getting in trouble - and perhaps being snatched by other animals. But if the Silver Ardenners have survived for 15 years on their own, then hopefully my Blues will stay alive and healthy for many years given all the protection we are building for them!

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#9317 - 07/24/02 06:02 AM Re: test image
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Oddly enough, these roosters are almost exactly the color of my
RIRXBlack Australorp rooster. I was told by the genetics people that in
my case the black comes from the Australorp and the cream hackle and
saddle feathers come from the RIR. My rooster's tail feathers have a
slightly different shape, with more of the soft and silky sickles, but
other than that, they could be out of the same hatch. Beautiful!

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#9318 - 07/24/02 09:33 AM Re: test image
Anny Offline
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I don't think the colours match reality for a 100% in the pictures. As far as I remember Hackle and sadlde feathers are clean silver, no cream.
I gave the link to this board to Jef, who is in charge of plantations and live stock at the open-air museum, he registered and maybe he will come in and give us some comment on the backgrounds of the breed. Anny

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#9319 - 07/24/02 10:11 AM Re: test image
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There were some recent requests for sources of the breed on another board, all from Holland, where they are available. Interesting that it should all come up the same week! They are a "regional" breed, and I look forward to hearing about them. JR

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#9320 - 07/24/02 10:49 AM Re: test image
Anny Offline
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I sent a mail to Jef to urge him to give some more information about the breed. I proposed to him to start a business, 50/50, to sell some of those birds to Americans. Americans are always ready to pay good money for something new! LOL!

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#9321 - 07/24/02 10:58 AM Re: test image
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Here is the link to pictures of "Jef's" Open-Air Museum.
Open-Air-Museum Bokrijk, Belgium

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