Re: Could we discuss the breeding of BLB

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Posted by CJR on October 06, 19103 at 01:20:53:

In Reply to: Could we discuss the breeding of BLB posted by Deb on October 03, 19103 at 12:02:05:

Great to get a single subject to spend some time on! Don't let this be the last response on the subject!

All of my BLB's color has come from the Splash birds from Schuurman (in 1992) and LB birds from that line, as well as all later LBs. I really only raised a few for those who wanted the variety with BLUE color,not as a breeding project for myself. And have kept just one or two BLB hens over the years--NO males. I never felt they ones I hatched, were great birds, but never saw a really good BLB at any of the Shows I attended from GA to AZ, OH to OR. Good? What I mean is comparable to the
best LBs in type or feather quality. For me, I believe it was because I just never focused on them. When the CLB fiasco began, I had time to work with another variety. And this year, my goal was to raise some BLBs as great as the exhibition BLBs in Holland and England, and as close to my best LBs as I could.

This year, I have produced some that are truly a step foreward. Using my best LB male with my old Schuurman BLB female (then 9 years old, and the best colored BLB female one could breed), I hatched a very lovely female BLB just one offspring. Ric has her--one of the survivors--and I kept her daughter, a BLB by another great LB cock that Mark Weber now has. There was also a LB female, which I have kept, and also two males, a LB and a BLB. These two males are head of the BLB breeding project that has produced some BLBs this season, both sexes, that are too young to show, but are the most promising young BLBs I have ever hatched! The females have produced several very young chicks. But the best of this seasons BLB cockerels were by the new LB cockerel and out of 2 Splash hens that are 75%+ Schuurman breeding, from 1992.

I feel it was simply careful selection of the sire and dam. They come from lines that would be expected to produce great Dutch, and the BLB cockerels are promising to have tails close to or equal to, the best of the LBs. Well, I don't know yet, as they are still not mature, but the promise is there. And do not forget that the female chosen must also be from a great line of "tails" and have a good back and tail, herself.

The best BLB males will have similar shade of blue, both breast and tail. We more often see a much darker tail, sometimes almost black. Better to breed for a matched blue, and the lighter the blue the better. Sent off two with color nearing this criteria, still work to do. The Splash hens were sired by a BLB cock that has light blue body and very light blue tail. His full brother's picture is on my website, in the COOP section, went to MD and a backyard coop. That light BLB sire of the Splash birds is in MI. These Splash hens have striking dark orange breast, not the usual pale color, are small, typy and lovely temperament. Let one go to CA, and have kept the other hen--AND have 4 of their daughters, Splash, of course, by the promising new BLB cock and looking very promising themselves.
The BLB females? This is another response, and won't try to do it tonight. A show weekend is pretty exhausting--and I didn't even have any birds exhibited! CJR

: Have some BLB here that are just developing most slendidly. but I was looking around and noticed we need some updated breeding information. Have you ever noticed it is the one color that is so hard to give a proper description on?

: Deb

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