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sandrar

Exchequer Leghorn

A few of this years birds






darkbrowneggs

Very pretty little flock there.  Well done.  Are they in lay yet?
sandrar

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.
bodger

I must resist! I must resist ! They're beautiful birds and look nothing like anything that I keep. Thats at the moment of course.
CastleFarm

Very nice birds Sandra.
confused

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.
sandrar

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.
Dave C

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.
darkbrowneggs

Nice piccies again.  Lovely views from you house as well.  Happy Christmas - Sue
bodger

Smashing birds, smashing pictures Dave.
Dave C

Thanks and Merry Christmas everyone.

ATB
Dave.
CastleFarm

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

Dave C

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.
CastleFarm

Exchequers will lay a smaller egg, but are good layers. Problem now is how do you know a white is a white?
bodger

Its usually white?
sandrar

I have never had White Leghorns to compare but laying wise I can't fault the Exchequers for quanitity or for speed of return to lay after moult.

I was disappointed initially at the size of eggs. For the first couple of seasons they averaged 55g. however they have just come back into lay for their third season and egg size has increased to 65g ocassionally 70g which I am more than happy with.

I have been trying to improve egg size by hatching only from the largest eggs and keeping the largest of the pullets. Already this years pullets are laying eggs of 55g in their first few weeks.

Now I need to keep an eye on the balance of larger eggs whilst still retaining the quanity and making sure the birds stay within the breed standard for shape and size.
sandrar

Enjoying a dry day after weeks of rain.

The bird in front is one of my older birds, with each moult Exchequers get whiter plumage.

darkbrowneggs

Still very pretty though  
sapphire

Dont keep Leghorns but like the look of Exchequers  
Backyarder

Is exchequer a type of mottling?

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