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sandrar



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:11 pm    Post subject: Exchequer Leghorn  Reply with quote

A few of this years birds







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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very pretty little flock there.  Well done.  Are they in lay yet?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. I kept 7 pullets back for breeding. The cockerel is *new blood* for next year, it will be interesting to see what he produces. I've also kept a cockerel of my own to back breed.  A couple of the pullets are just coming into lay - the ones with the floppy combs. They are laying in the nest box too The first few eggs have been 45+g so hopefully I am slowly increasing the overall size of eggs in the flock.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must resist! I must resist ! They're beautiful birds and look nothing like anything that I keep. Thats at the moment of course.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice birds Sandra.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW!!! i've never seen anything like these before, superb !!  love them ,how many eggs do you get on average from them ? do the cocks fatten well ? truly stunning , well done , get some more pics up , thanks you have given me something to think about for the rest of the day.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Confused - CastleFarm is your man. They are where my origianl birds came from and are a breed he has spent many years developing/improving.

They are light birds and I don't suppose many would grow the cockerels on. We tend to cull them 'as and when' and just remove the leg and breast meat. They provide a surprising amount of meat - enough for a family of five adults.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few pics of this years Cock bird i kept, i liked him because he is the lightest in colour.





From my kitchen window




I have some pics when they were chicks, will put them up later.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice piccies again.  Lovely views from you house as well.  Happy Christmas - Sue
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smashing birds, smashing pictures Dave.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks and Merry Christmas everyone.

ATB
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are a very old line of Exchequers and Sandra has breed some very nice birds.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunning looking birds both Sandra and CastleFarm, how would you say your strain of birds compares to the standard White Leghorn in laying and egg size. i know as i have both that you have to sacrifice a bit for the beauty of the Exchequer but just wondered how your strain compares.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exchequers will lay a smaller egg, but are good layers. Problem now is how do you know a white is a white?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its usually white?

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