Sunday, November 29, 2015

Barne Halfback

As guest its name the bird comes from the Bern, Switzerland. The bird comes from the city and the canton of Bern. Though it comes from Swiss, but it is not similar to other Swiss pigeon because the body of the halfback is bigger than other Swiss pigeon. The origin of the bird IS Turkish. Turkish Ottoman that region was not far from the East because The Turkish region included the Balkan region.
The Halfback head is round and it is different to most Swiss Pigeon. They have orange eye that is surrounded by red eye cere. The beak is big and it is black and pale in color.
The Berne is a good flyer but the hobbyist keeps it as show bird. The bird has beautiful plumage color. Only two variation color that is admitted; either red-white or black-white.The head color is solid black with some little white spots.
This species is endangered and it is not famous like other fancy pigeon.   

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Saxon Field Pigeon

Saxon is one of show pigeon though it is not famous as fancy pigeon. The Saxon has beautiful plumage which is thick that is good for the cold climate. There are feathered on the legs that is called muff. That makes the bird different from others pigeon.
There is some variation of the Saxon field pigeon such as Saxon breast pigeon, Saxon monk, Saxon white tail, Saxon priest, Saxon spot and Saxon reverse wing.

The performance of the bird is similar to its ancestor rock doves except its muff. There is some variation color such as: Black with bars. This bird has black color and two strip bars at the each wing. The neck color is black greenish.
There is yellow with white bars. This bird has yellow color and two strip bars at the each wing. There are blue with black bars, ash blue that similar to blue with black bar, Meil and Ash Red.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Is Pigeon Need to Bath?

My friend used to bath his pigeon very morning. He said that bathing the pigeon can help the pigeon remember its house. I cannot believe it.  In the wild pigeon did not bath. They just use sand to clean its plumage.
Bathing can clean the plumage and it may kill the mite or the diseases. It is not difficult to bath the pigeon. We just spray the bath and scrub the plumage with our hand.  Do not forget to scrub the armpit that mite often hide behind it. After that you can hang the bird so it get the sun light.

Monday, October 26, 2015

White Sumatra: a variant of Sumatra Chicken

My father has raised some white Sumatra that comes from dark hen and black white roosters. Perhaps rosters or the hen has derived some white plumage genetics to its chick. I love the white chicken and it is better than its parents.
Though the standard perfection does not recognize White Sumatra but there is some Sumatra chicken. If you walk to Sumatra, you can find it. The white is nit different to black or the blue. They have long tail and longer body. However my chicken’s tail is not long as the common Sumatra. The tails does not touch the land. The head is medium size with the small pea above its head. The face color is red blood and there is no plumage in the head. They have featherless yellow shanks. The chicken is not a fighter. They must be loss when they side a pit chicken.
The chicken is not tame because my father rise in free range. It is very difficult to catch the chicken. We can catch the chicken when they enter their coop. if we chase the chicken, they will run to the garden. The hen is a god sitter. The color of egg shell is cream. The hen can lays up to 12 eggs in a clutch. The hen hatch the eggs alone and raise the chick alone. 
The Sumatra may be not good as the chicken exhibition because the color is not good as the black or blue. It has just single spurs. My father chicken is not special like Sumatra chicken in United States. He raise it for the meat stock only. My father raises it in free range. He just feed the chicken with pollard and some rice. They find the feed n the ground. They must get the various chicken feed such as grass, weed, cricket, insect, worm and else.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Aachen Lacquer Shield Owl Pigeon: The Exhibit Bird From Aachen

The bird is also the rock pigeon descent or Columba livia. The bird comes from Aachen, German.  Since Aachen not far from Dutch, the bird may be related to Dutch Turbit. Either Aachen or Dutch has plain headed.
Actually, the bird is a flying pigeon but they turn as the exhibit bird or show bird. The bird performance is similar to rock pigeon especially its size. The bird has small crested that is actually a small frill neck. The foot color is read without feather or clean legged. 

They have short beak that similar to quail. Upper the beak, there is a small wattle that color is pink.  The beak reminds me to Tumbler pigeon that can fly acrobat in the sky.
The color pattern is like magpie. The plumage color is all white except its wing shield. The variation of wing shield color is   black, yellow, and red. There is no duns color. Perhaps the breeder does not like the duns variation. The size is medium or around 330 gram that as height as Columba livia or rock pigeon.
The bird is very rare in United States. Perhaps the bird has no special characters that attract the hobbyist. The bird has just beautiful plumage only. I do not know whether the bird is also has beautiful sound.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Blue Sumatra - Very rare Chicken

Sumatra is recognized as the show Chicken in The United States whose has black beautiful plumage. The other uniqueness of the chicken is the multi spurs or the chicken has more than one spur. The tail is also long that touch the land or long flowing tail like crescent shape. The chicken is also graceful carriage.
The head is smalls and has black and red face. There is a small pea comb at the top of its head. The earlobes color is dark tinted.
There are not difference that black to the blue Sumatra unless its plumage. To be honest I have never know the blue variant of the Sumatra. The American Standard Perfection in 2002 also recognizes the Blue as the variant of the Sumatra Chicken.  The blue is very rare color variant.  I believe we must be difficult to find the blue at the origin. I have never found it at my village. By the way my village is north Sumatra.
The plumage is blue that cover the chicken. The color is almost similar to grey.  Sometimes we can also the splash color that is almost similar to the Blue. The Blue rosters weigh 5 lbs while, the hen weigh 4lbs.  The younger rosters or cockerel weigh 4 lbs while the pullet is 3 ½ lbs in weigh. The chicken is bad meat producer.  
The blue lays tinted eggs. Like the black the blue also does not lays many eggs. I think the egg production is not more than 60 a years.
Perhaps the blue is black Sumatra and white Sumatra cross. I do not know exactly about it. We do not recognize the white variation. I believe in Sumatra there is white plumage variation. My mother had raise a white Sumatra hen that has so much chick.