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  1. Finnie, thank you very much for your advice She will try to do her best. We will keep you informed
  2. robyn, thank you very much for the answer Maybe, Neville or RIP one day will see this thread and say their opinion. I wrote to Mr. Inte Onsman (MUTAVI), he said that it might be a Blackface. Certainly, I will tell the news here, but they will not come soon. Hopefully, a friend of mine will succeed witn breeding this hen.
  3. robyn, it's not mine, it's of one of my buddies. She bought it by occasion, there is no infomation about its pedigree. As well there are not brothers/sisters of this bird. She tried to breed il last year, but the cock was an unexperienced one and the eggs were infertile. Certainly, she'll try to breed this hen more. But still, looking at this hen, I have the idea that it's of Blackfaced mutation. Maybe, it's this rare case that the mutation occured exactly in this bird. To my mind, it's worth trying to check that. I want to offer to this buddy to breed this hen with 2 different cocks and then to mate the children from different nests. It's possible also to try to breed her with her son, but it's a closer inbreeding. Generally, I'm against such inbreeding, but this case looks so special. What do you think? Have you ever seen such birds? Is it worth trying to use the close inbreeding in this case?
  4. Hi everybody Recent pics: Can it be a Blackfaced mutation??
  5. robyn, Finnie, thank you.. She was very different from FerDinand, she looked like much closer to normal chicks, and I hoped much that she would live much longer.. But this did not happen.
  6. Today she died.. I hoped that she had bigger chances, as she had been fed by her parents for long, but no.. She did not learn how to eat by herself, I used crop feeding (3 times per day, 4 - 5ml of Nutribird19). I guess, it was not enough.. My poor creature.. She was so active, so alive when she came to me..
  7. Nadene, thank you very much for your kind words robyn, thank you No, he gets them occasionally. Her parents are being bred the 2nd year, and it's the first FD chick from this pair. It was a complete surprise for him.
  8. Today I've got a new FD from my buddy breeder. She's wonderful. She's 32 days old. By today she had been fed by her parents normally and she was taken directly from the nest. She's in a very good condition, she's not thin. Her sounds are close to normal ones. She behaves as any usual chick, she's very active. But she doesn't know how to eat by herself, so, for the present, I use crop feeding. Her name is Stefany. I hope much that she will have a long and happy life.
  9. nubbly5, thank you very much for the answer! And what do you think about this bird? I think that she is a Clearwing (well, with dirty wings)) and want to pair her to the bird in question (well, I understand that it's better to pair him to a Dilute, but I can not resist trying to get Clearwings))
  10. Finnie, thank you very much for the answer, even if it ruins my suppositions ))) If he is a Clearwing, I'm just happy, because it's my preffered mutation (along with Spangles), and it's a very rare one here, in Russia. I'm delighted of Nubbly's Clearwings, but it's next to impossible to find any similar one here. Yes, I fully agree, I started with it myself, several years ago ))
  11. Bird Junky, thank you, I know this site, it is not helpful with my question.
  12. Matt Welchman, thank you May anybody explain about cheek patches (may a Dilute have dark/bright ones)?
  13. nubbly5, thank you very much for your detailed explanations! Here are more pics of his tail (I still doesn’t see much grey on its quill, but I don’t have Greywings and don’t know how their tails look in reality) I’m sorry, the upper part is a bit dirty: At first, I thought myself that he is a Greywing split to Dilute. But seeing other Greywings, Dilutes and Clearwings I started to tend thinking that he is a Dilute. Australian birds are famous by their clear wings (and yours are just marvelous!!!) and European ones mostly have dirty wings. In Russia the hobby has been developing only now, and most of our birds have European origin. That’s why I think that for non Australian bird his wings are clear enough for a Dilute and not marked enough for a Greywing. I understand that I should pair him to a Dilute hen to check. But I would like to ask your opinion about his cheek patches. They are of rather dark dull violet colour. May a Dilute generally have such ones? If he is a Dilute Vilolet Mauve, might 2 dark factors and a violet factor make such a colour?
  14. nubbly5, thank you very much for the answer! But what do you think of his tail? It's not grey. It's of pale violet colour and the quill is not grey too. Also, his wing markings look very clear for me to be ones of a Greywing. Greywings I've seen have much darker markings. And Dulite Suffused may have 50% of intensity of body colour. I think, he doesn't have even 40%.
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