All other colors
(AOC) in Nuremberg
The AOC-class was used even in
the class for aviaries. German Beauty Homers “vielfarbig” carry the
Almond gene. “Vielfarbig” means a mix of different colours, however
usually on a cream, brown-bronze or yellow base. The requirements are not
identical with those for classical Almonds, therefore the shield often is
mixed with whitish feathers. Most of the shown birds, however, were more
silver sprenkled, another almond variety and a standard colour of the
Oriental Roller. The breeders will have to decide to introduce more
yellow-brown colour to get them accepted as “vielfarbige”, or to suppress
yellow and brown-bronze and to breed the silver sprenkled kind.
Thuringian Shields were shown in Spread Reduced (grey dark laced)
combined with blacks and the breeder explained at a placard how they were
raised in combination with a black strain.
Bown checkered Runts were
shown, however, one of them so light, probably khaki checkered.
Montauban were present with dun pieds, however in the general class
also a lot of dun pieds were shown and judged. A lot of them were not
pieds but mottled heads, some of them with rosewings. According to the
rules they should have been entered also in the AOC-class. Three yellow checkered Cauchois were shown. Briver Blackheads in other
colours pose a problem for the German Standard because from the very logic
it is not possible to breed Briver Blackheads in the blue coloration, and
that means also with a blue, and not a black head. The French breeders
seem to refuse the acceptance of other colours, and that with a good
reason. Otherwise they would have to rename their breed. The blue
“Blackheads” popped out of a black strain of a top breeder and probably
also will occur in some French strains. The standard properties therefore
are as good as in the blacks.
What to do? One way would be to
rename the breed to get an umbrella for different colours, another is to create the
new breed Briver Blueheads, or better Briver Coloured Heads
to allow additional colorations. Texan were shown in the ash red
dark checker variety, Prachener Kanik were announced as ash reds, however
the intensive red tail proved that recessive red was present. Silver
Syrian Dewlaps probably are identical or related to the qualmond gene.
The “lavendel” King probably was a lavender, however the German
name is “silver” or in genetics “milky-silver” because usually they are
Spread Milky. In addition a strawberry was shown, one expression of Spread
Ash. German Modena
were present with two top Gazzi khaki-bar and khaki-checker, and the
Pomeranian Croppers with a dun-tiger and a red-storked bird.
The Spanish Cropper breeds are
very popular in Germany due to an active club and some young and
enthusiastic fanciers. They have a liking for rarities and at every show
at least one puzzle for the public. Marchenero Croppers were shown
in brown-bar-grizzles, brown-checker-grizzle. The “Vielfarbige” probably
carry a gene of the Almond group (an allele of it), but not Almond.
Heterozygous faded cock usually show bars or the checker pattern, and both
were lacking in this case. Qualmond is more pepper-like in the wing colours that in
this bird were more faded-like. The “silver sprenkled” Marchenero
probably are qualmonds. Jiennense Cropper blue grizzle and blue
checker are common colorations but not yet in the German Standard accepted
colours. Red was promised at one cage, entered was a whitish bird with
some red in the neck, possibly a pure faded cock.
Rafeno Croppers were
announced as khaki, one of them was a khaki ckecker. Sevillano Croppers
were also shown. They were announced as red, in bracket recessive red.
However, they were not common recessive reds, especially one of them was
very similar to brown-bronze, a standard coloration of the Anatolic
Ringbeaters and similar to those birds described as Ember by the American
genetic nuts (see also the former report on Ember at this homepage under
the bottom Genetik – Sonderberichte – Ember). Also the “black”
Granadino-Cropper in the general class should have been entered as an
AOC, because the cock was more grey than black, perhaps a heterozygous
faded cock, however, perhaps an entirely new mutant.
Croppers were recently accepted as a new
breed in Copper Archangel outlook, now they were entered in addition with
white flights. Amsterdam Croppers in recessive red and recessive
yellow are present in Germany in a fine quality and differ from the
dominant red by their intense red or yellow tail. Unfortunately the trial
to get them accepted as a standard breed some years ago failed due to the
complicated procedure. The breeder seems to have lost the enjoyment to try
it again. Blue bronze laced Thuringian Shields and Nuremberg
Swallows were shown, the latter as red and yellow checkers,
colorations that may be produced by combining the properties of the
standard colours blue checkers (the pattern) and red- or yellow bars (the
basic colour ash red).
Luzern Pigeon had an
innovation with a lonely typical blue grizzle, and the Arabian Trumpeters
were shown besides the standardized dominant red patch pieds now in mealy
patch pieds. Some years ago it was still tried to get blue barless
Chinese Owls accepted in the German Standard, however due to health
problems of the breeder the procedure had to be stopped, now one bird was
shown as an AOC. African Owls were present in the class for new
breeds and in addition one Andalusian was entered as AOC as was a dark hen
(blue T-pattern). Yellow Old Austrian Pewit Tumblers lacked the
dark eyes which are a requirement of this breed. Ash yellow Oriental
Rollers were shown and most of them seem to be the diluted form of
dark Spread Ash (mahogany). Mahoganies were also show, however,
erroneously announced as indigo checkers. The hens of the Ash yellows probably were
dark ash yellow bars and not Spread Ash yellows. Strawberry as another
variety of Spread Ash was shown with one specimen.
Finally in the class of the
Anatolic Ringbeaters red pieds were show as was a blue bronze bar. A
dominant opal proved to be a light blue white bar (blue bar + dominant
opal), German Beauty Homers were shown in silver checkered (without
ochre breast) and “mehllicht” (blue bar with ochre breast). In Germany it
is an oddity that the standard colours for Beauty Homers include silver checkers with ochre
breast = larked) and silver bars without ochre breast but not the
correspondent colorations. Also ash red barless Beauty Homers were entered
as were some rare colours of the Fantails, e.g. Andalusian with
white tail. For photos compare the German language report.