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HOW IMPORTANT IS COLOR?
By Kenny Troiano
Copyright © 2015 by Kenny Troiano/Maximus Troy Publications
If we were to look at all the breeds that exist today, and list the different color variations that exist within each breed, I think you would find it interesting that American Games have the largest number of color variations within one breed. American Games have twenty-three recognized varieties, and twice that many more that are not recognized.
Some variations are quite small, and require very little effort in maintaining their color of plumage, other than good selection. The black-breasted reds are a good example of this. However, there are a number of color variations that are quite elaborate, and require the infusion of a separate and distinctly different color variety, from time to time, in order to maintain their color of plumage. The red piles and black-breasted golden duckwings are very good examples of this.
Special Note of interest: Red piles are the result of crossing whites with black-breasted light reds, and require the infusion of light red from time to time to maintain the red pile color. Also, black-breasted golden duckwings are the result of crossing a black-breasted silver duckwing with a black-breasted light red, and requires the infusion of light red from time to time to maintain the golden duckwing color.
I find it interesting that many breeders of American Games are familiar with strain names, but are oblivious to the proper terminologies of each of the different varieties that exist, and have no clue of their significance. For instance, American Games are often called by their strain name, such as Hatch, Kelso, Sweater, and Roundhead, just to name a few. But if you look at the American Game “Standard of Perfection” (available in this book), they are called or described by the colors of their feathers. The black-breasted reds and black-breasted silver duckwings are good examples. The problem is - most don’t understand the meaning of these terminologies, or how to recognize the proper shades and color patterns. They have no idea of what these birds look like, or should look like.
Maybe the most egregious, in regards to preserving and perpetuating the breed, are those that look at “Color of Plumage” as an unnecessary factor in the breeding and improvement of a strain. A word of caution, however, to disregard color of plumage is similar to cutting off the nose to spite the face. In the long run, it works against you. It doesn’t make much sense.
My goal is to help you understand how the color game works, and show how important color can be to the success of our breeding programs, and the breed. And maybe, shed some new light on this very controversial subject.
There are so many aspects associated with the color of our fowl. By the time I’m done, it is my hope that you will better understanding the dynamics involved in breeding for color and uniformity, and how it relates to the overall improvement of your strain.
It is also my hope that you will come to appreciate the benefits of showing your fowl at your local poultry shows. Yes, I said poultry shows! Poultry shows are a necessary avenue for American Gamefowl Breeders. It is essential that we show the world that American Games are not just another fighting cock. And that they have a proper place in this world. If we cannot prove their worth, as a show bird, we will lose them for sure. Until every cocker and backyard breeder realizes the importance of this, American Games will always be the bastard child of the chicken world, and in constant danger of being exterminated by Organizations, such as Animal Rights.
This, I believe, is the first attempt to give breeders of American Games the knowledge they need in order to maintain and improve the breed, especially in the areas of color and uniformity. It is my hope that this book will spark a new appreciation for the breed, creating a larger group of participants, and inspire those in becoming better breeders, thus creating more Master Breeders. Perhaps this chapter will answer many of your questions. So, let’s get started!
HOW IMPORTANT IS COLOR? It’s funny, but I hear it all the time, “color means nothing!” These are breeders who believe performance ability is everything. They will sacrifice, not only color of plumage, but conformation of body for a bird with excellent performance ability. It’s true, American Games must have a good combination of form and function, but beauty should never be excluded or neglected.
Whether we know it or not, we all select birds based on the color of their feather. This is especially true during the purchasing stages. I believe we all have a color preference, and that certain colors always seem to be more appealing than others.
Possibly the most favored of all the American Games, has been, and always will be black-breasted reds, both dark reds and light reds. Varieties, such as, black-breasted silver and golden duckwings, or greys as they are called today, are a close second. Other varieties, that are gaining in popularity are the black-breasted black-reds, brown-breasted reds, spangles, blues, whites, blacks, and let’s not forget the red piles.
Although, some are admired more than others, it seems to me that there is something to color after all. The way I see it, it’s more enjoyable to look upon a strain that is beautifully colored and uniform, instead of a yard of birds that are oddly colored and lack uniformity.
I hope you enjoy this week’s newsletter, and that the information which we provide helps you in the eventual improvement and advancement of your fowl. We hope to inspire more breeders, and to provide you with the tools you will need to create the fowl of your dreams.
Sincerely, Kenny Troiano
Maximus Troy Publications
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