John I do have a Buff Columbian pullet as well. She has better type and good size. For now I am limiting myself to only breeding and raising up the standard varieties of Orps. I will use the Brown Red cock that I call Harold (named after one of our UOC's legends Harry Shaffer) again though. I hatched out several from him to just see IF he did throw his Brown Red gene. And yes he does. I have 3 Brown Red cockerels growing out. What I like about them is their type and broad width feathers. And they will throw an all Black pullet 100% of the time and throw some all Black cockerels around 25 % of the time. So, I can see using him or his offspring some more this coming season. This past season I hatched MAYBE a dozen from him. but will now try and use him some more for the future.
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I wonder what you get when you cross a Dun with a Chocolate.....
Good question Jon. There is a Dun Khaki thread on BYC that has a couple of the better geneticists posting regularly. One is Marvin from Nicaragua. His BYC handle is "nicalandia". In PM's between he and I, he said to make the "MAUVE" variety one needs both Dun and Choc. IF you want to make Muave in Bantam she would come in handy. Far as her toes go, Steve Jones helped Fred out in his desicion of who to cull of his "Britts Buffs". As you may know Steve is very familiar with that line, and Steve was paid two trios of Fred's Buffs, as long as they had croaked toes. Croaked toes is a quick easy fix according to Steve. So there is very little reason to not use her in a project.
B2 vitamins in breeding hens seriously helps that.. and very young birds....it can be as simple as throwing a little stale bread that is fortified by bread Co's in that breeding pen.. all breads are b2 Fortified.and to babies.. but just a little..or vit sups..it .crooked toes will not show up in next generation unless it is hereditary.. my vet from cornell works with me ..she was working with a show barn north of here had some show up crooked, after boosting b2 it disappeared in next generation. Some birds just need a little extra.in rarer cases, congenital.
It's easy to find in vet sites search vitamin b2 deficiency and crooked toe.