Breeders of Rare Poultry !

May 2012 Newsletter

Quaint Little Quail
Heritage Poultry Breeders Association of America would like to introduce you to one of our Members, Ms. Alexandra Douglas of Stellar Ranch.  Alexandra has been a Member of HPBAA since August of 2006.  We first published this site in May of 2006 and are happy to have Alexandra be a part of us from the beginning.  We value her long time dedication to us and her breeds.  Alexandra's speacialty is Quail.  She has been working with Quail since 2006 and now has her own line of Pharoh Quail known as the Stellar Line.  Ms. Douglas got into Quail in her college years while studying animal sciences, poultry sciences, and pre-veterinary medicine.  She obtained her first Quail and selectively bred them to increase the size of the birds for meat and the size of the eggs for both eating and reproducing healthier Quail chicks.  She outcrossed when neccessary and also was fortunate enough to import some Quail from the U.K.  Alexandra has managed through her selective breeding of Quail to get the Manchurian Golden Quail and the Italian Quail to differ in appearance.  At the young age of 25, HPBAA would like to take our hats off to such a dedicated young lady for the preservation and improvement of these Quaint Little Quail.  We are attaching some photos of the Quail you will find at Stellar Ranch in Fort Myers, Florida.  HPBAA simply would not have anyone to represent the Quail on our site if it were not for Ms. Alexandra Douglas.  Thank you Alexandra for being a part of us.  Quail eggs are good for pickling and eating.  Quail meat is very tasty and with the size that Alexandra has managed to put on her birds, you will get a lot of meat to consume.  Enjoy the photos and look for more breed pages of these Quaint Little Quail to come on HPBAA.

   
The Italian Quail is the photo to the far right.  The Texas A & M Quail is in the center photo.  The Stellar Line of Pharoh is the larger bird in the photo to the far left.  This Stellar Line is being compared to a regular Pharoh to show the increased size that Ms. Alexandra Douglas has managed to put on these Quaint Little Quail.  Below are photos of serveral varieties of Quail chicks and Quail eggs in comparison to that of chicken eggs.  Anyone hungry for some nice Quail meat and pickled Quail eggs?

      

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   Luxurious Leghorns
      
  The Secret Is Out!

The beautiful Isabella Leghorn Rooster in the photo above belongs to Mr. Keith Ashley of the U.K.  Mr. Ashley is a dear friend of ours.  Sometime around the year 2004, a photo of these birds forsale on the U.K. Ebay Site intrigued Founding Members Buddy Henry & Ron Presley.  They were hooked on this birds beautiful color markings.  The color variety seen above is known as the Isabella Color Pattern.  To the best of HPBAA's knowledge, there is no one in the U.S. with an Isabella Leghorn ready for distribution as a finished breeding project.  So began the quest of these two gentlemen along with a dear friend, Mr. David Black, to make this color variety of Leghorn in the U.S.  This is our story of how and where we are with this breeding project.  These birds are no where near ready, but we are very close.  In August of 2009, Founding Member, Mr. Ron Presley and friend, Mr. David Black, obtained Lavender Orpington chicks from Charlie & Jodie Hinkle of Hink-JC Mountain Poultry in PA.
                                                                


In the spring of 2010, the Lavender Orpington rooster seen in the photo below was crossed with the three Brown Leghorn hens donated by Mr. David Black and seen in the photo below.

          

The result of this crossing was all black offspring as seen in the following photos.

      

The offspring in the photos above were then sibling mated.  This mating resulted in chicks in Partridge Pattern(First Photo on far Right Below), Black Chicks (Second Photo on far Right Below), Lavender Chicks (Second Photo in From left to right), & finally Isabella Patterned Chicks (Very First Photo on Left Below).

       

There were five males and three females of the Isabella Color Patterned Chicks.  We were very fortunate to raise all these chicks for future breeding.  The photo below shows them at a very early and what we call an ugly stage.

                  

The Isabella Color Patterned Males were crossed back with Brown Leghorn Hens, seen in the photo below.


 
The Isabella Color Patterned Hens were crossed back with Brown Leghorn Roosters.  The result of both of these crossings were birds that appeared to be a little darker version of the Brown Leghorn with some even appearing to have a Quail Color Pattern as seen below.

 

The hens from the Isabella Color Patterned Rooster over the Brown Leghorn Hens will be crossed back with the Roosters from the Isabella Color Patterned Hen crossed with the Brown Leghorn Rooster.  Since both the birds in this crossing carry the Isabella Pattern gene, the result will be all Isabella Patterned offspring.  We are not done yet.  All Leghorn birds must have yellow legs, white earlobes, & lay chalk white eggs.  Anything else is not a Leghorn.  We will have to cross these future Isabella Offspring back into the Brown Leghorns to get the perfect Leghorn type for the U.S.  HPBAA cannot stress enough that any breeding project will take four to five generations before it is producing the standard of offspring that a breeder is striving for.  We are on generation three and waiting on eggs large enough from these pullets to set generation four.  We are so very happy to be sharing this with our viewers, our Members, & our Founding Members.  To learn a bit more about this project, watch the video below.  We want to give a special thanks to Mr. Keith Ashley for inspiring us to take on such a breeding project.  We have to admit, we are having fun with it!

 



This video can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDcwiTBJJHU.  Any of HPBAA's Members or Fouding Members have permission to embed this photo on their site if they so desire.