A friend of mine has these little chickens, and I thought they were so adorable! It's been a closed flock for three or four years now; she calls them her River Glenn chickens (named for her farm.) She'd started with an Aracuana rooster; the breed which lays blue or green eggs, added some sort of bantam and then a few pheonix to her original mix; what she has now are several color patterns, some of which lay colored eggs and roosters who tend to grow super long tails. I decided to get a few from her and attempt to have blue chickens (smokey gray, really) that would lay blue eggs.
My little flock is still young; this year I'll try incubating some of the colored eggs and keep the chicks that are black. I've got two roos that are completely different in terms of body type and color, and I can't decide which one I like best! If the white headed one had the long tail feathers of the other roo, he'd be my pick. Hopefully I can come up with some babies that develop what I'm looking for, eh?
Of course, knowing which roo is the pappa to the new chicks may be helpful, as it could be that a cross of one roo and one hen gives me something I like, where the same roo with a different hen gives me something completely different. Then again, does it really matter? I'm not into chicken shows, I just like watching my chickens scratch and peck the ground. And being little like these guys are (not much meat for the stew pot, I'm afraid) they're really more a novelty than a production bird. Wonder if I'll ever get people knocking at my door looking for River Glenn Blues?
Little blue hen with silver head...isn't she pretty?