Posted by CJR on July 14, 19103 at 19:02:07:
Three times a year, the Hollandse Krielenfokkers Club sends a Newsletter to members. Our ADBS Secretary also receives this as a gratuity. Often there is very good information about our Dutch-- and I am sending a translation from the Judge of the Geelpatrijs Dutch at the NoordShow at Zuidlaren, 2003. Because this variety is in controversy in the U.S. right now, you might like to see some comments from the judge on the CLB entry.
"There were two cocks: One was too long in the back, ear lobes had some red on the edges and his wing feathers were ragged on the ends.
The second cock was close to a U score". (note: This is the highest score a bird can be awarded--and many shows do not have a single U scoring bird-=- a BB may not be a really good bird--but you know this--and what needs work for later entries!) "It is unusual for a Geelpatrijs to be awarded a U score, so this was a GOOD bird. The wing angle showed too much brown and too little yellow.
Cockerels, Not as outstanding: One needed heavier Hackle and saddle. One had very low tail carriage and had a poor comb. Another has a sharp break at back to tail, and the blade of the comb was not correct. One showed high tail set, two crooked toes, with broken nails. Two cockerels were flat in chest, should be fuller and main sickles were not in best position.
There were 22 females from 5 breeders. The winning female was outstanding in type, but did not make top honors because of comb, but her rounded shape of back to tail is seldom seen in this variety! Other hens were without "cushion" which makes back line too long."
(AND PLEASE NOTE THIS FAULT) " What is always needed, is a better base color on back and shoulders. On most of these females, too dark. The Geelpatrijs means that the Greyish YELLOW should stand out. " AND PLEASE NOTE JUDGES COMMENT: "Some hens had clumping, instead of peppering. Comb faults, showed mostly, too large. Some hens had Reddish in the Salmon-orange breast."
(thanks to Al Vandenburg, for translation.)
We have exactly the same breeding problems. None of these Cream Light Brown birds were disqualified, just got lower scores for faults that our birds also exhibit! But the Standard is there to score the outstanding birds and for a goal to breed for.
The score for the best female must have been an F, which is VERY GOOD. The coveted U score is not perfect, but truly a goal for all Dutch Bantam breeders.
Are we just too careless in selecting our CLB females
for correct color, or is is just easier to breed Swavers that do not have the brilliant color of the CLB? If the Club chooses the Standard of the Netherland, I will again work on breeding the best CLBs that I can. Votes should reach Roy Schell by July 15!!
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