The Silver Partridge Orpington Project
NEW
Color
The PARTRIDGE is a very unique pattern.  It is technically a "Double
Laced"
pattern as apposed to the single laced Orpington  "Gold Laced or
Silver Laced".    The double lacing should be clear and crisp to avoid the
"smutty" appearance of the black and silver running together.  It is not an
easily mastered variety to add new color too and keep the double lacing
vivid.

Starting the Silver Partridge project:
If using the single laced Orpingtons to create this color, heavy culling is a
must.  Only the best double laced chicks should be kept for the breeding
program.  Anything less will create inferior lacing.    There is a
misconception that a simple crossing of Silver Laced Orpingtons and
Partridge Orpingtons will create this beautiful variety.  However, it doesn't
work like that.  The first cross will yield both single lacing and double
lacing on the same bird.   The second generation could produce either or
both, and only the birds with the best double lacing should be kept from
the second generation to continue the project.  You would continue
keeping the best of the best till the chicks hatched breed true.   Generally
a minimum of 4 generations.

Below are a side by side comparison of the two varieties, better
seen in the pullets.
Updated pictures taken on 6.13.14 of the second generation.  Still a little too much white, and some single lacing still showing,  but coming along nicely.   There is more double lacing
with each generation. Still have some work to go but we are pleased with the results this far.  We will update the page as the project progresses.
Our Pen #1 - third generation- breeding flock.
The Silver Partridge also known as Silver penciled is a spectacular variety.   Several breeders are working on this pattern so once released genetic
diversity should not be an issue with this variety.  We will update this page as the project progresses.  We are hoping to release the first chicks in
2015. This is by far one of the loveliest colors we have worked on.  I am partial to the beautiful Partridge varieties.

While this is still a project color we will be releasing a few in 2015 for those who would like to work on the project as well.  
Thanks for your interest in another of our projects.  Be sure to check back often for update photos.
Silver Laced Orp
pattern versus the
Double Laced (aka
Partridge) pattern,

Roosters and Pullets
SPRING 2015 UPDATE
When working on a new color or project, generally with each new generation the best chicks are kept for the next generations breeders (and the first breeding pen is
eliminated)  Ideally there was a second or sometimes third pen set up in the beginning (if genetically possible) to breed the offspring as to avoid inbreeding.

We would generally
not release any chicks until we feel they are a finish product which generally takes 4 or 5 generations or more to accomplish.  Because we have
had many requests for chicks, and others are working on the same project and need the gene diversity,  we have decided to release some of this generation for
those wanting to work on this project as well.  This is our third generation however
THIS GENERATION IS NOT A FINISHED PRODUCT.  If you are getting chicks
from this early release please understand they are still a work in progress and breeding brother sister will not produce all chicks that are a finished product.  Culling
and only keeping the very best for breeding is a must.  If you are looking for a finished product that you can breed together and sell chicks as a pure "Silver
Partridge" please check back in a year or two.  As of spring of 2015 these are still an on going project.  

If you are getting these early chicks to work on this project we would suggest getting chicks from another breeder  as well to cross to.  Tim Reeves has his own line of
Silver Partridge projects unrelated to mine and I would be happy to give  you his contact information.  Breeding brother sister will enhance some good qualities ( such
as color and lacing) but could also bring out unwanted characteristics like leg feathering, leg color, gold feather color.   Breeding brother sister early in a project is
sometimes a necessity but can bring out some unexpected results.

We have a second and third pen going to use in our breeding program.  Within the next year or two we hope to have a spectacular finished product.  While the
chicks from this generation will undeniably be beautiful we do not want anyone to have unrealistic expectations in the breeding process of the Silver Partridge.

We are not selling day olds at this time.  We are only selling started chicks as we are trying to pick out only the best to send to those wanting to continue this project.
SUMMER 2015 UPDATE:
We released the first chicks of our project earlier this summer.   We just recently released chicks from pen 2 and 3.  If you have purchased chicks from Pen 1, we hope you
were able to get chicks from Pen 2 or 3 to continue the project.   As I said earlier in our project chicks from Pen 1 is just one stage of the project and are by far not a finished
project.  The are stunning to look at but need to be bred to either our Pen 2 or 3 or SP projects from another breeder.

Chicks from Pen 1 has excellent lacing, which was our goal early on.  If you are following our project and got chicks from pen 2 or 3 you many think that we regressed in our
project.  However that is not the case, pens 2 and 3 are much better type than pen 1 so is a must to get where we want to go.

We need the chicks from pen 1 for  the spectacular lacing but 2 and 3 for the English Orpington type and correct leg color.  If you have joined in the project and are
wondering where to go from here this is where we are:

From pen #1 we have kept the VERY best chicks, as close to perfect lacing as possible, good color, correct leg color (white or pink) and the best type in both cockerels and
pullets.  

From Pen #2 and #3 we have kept the best color, type and lacing - we  are seeing more golds in these 2 pens but that was to be expected - chicks with excessive gold
should be culled.  As I said it will happen as we used our Blue Partridge in the early process.  There will be some gold chicks, they should be culled (not used for breeding).   
Type should be quite nice in pens 2 and 3, lacing will not be as clear and chicks could have excessive white.  From pens 2 and 3 only the BEST chicks should be kept for
using in the project.  
Now the confusing part:
The cockerels from pen 1 can be used with pullets from pen 2 and 3, and vice versa, cockerels from pens 2 and 3 can be used to create 2 additional breeding pens with
pullets from pen 1.  This will set up your breeding pens for next year. Again any inferior chicks should not be used for breeding.  It will not help the project.

With our chicks from pen 1 crossed to chicks from pen 2 and 3 should produce nearly perfect Silver Partridge Chicks.  From this cross (pen 1 over 2 and 3 ) the very best
chicks with excellent type, color, lacing, leg color and no leg feathering should be kept.  The best of these siblings can be bred together and should then breed true.  There
will still need to be culling as in all breeding programs.  Hopefully there will be other breeders who are producing SP chicks to help create a wider gene pool.

Creating new colors is never an easy project and takes year to complete.  It is costly, time consuming, space consuming and sometimes the results are not what were
expected.  It can be rewarding and sometimes frustrating as well.  Patience is a must.  If you have purchased chicks from this project from us and you are not sure what to
keep contact me and I will help.  We will update this page as we continue the project.  We are expecting 2 more generations before they will be  a finished product.

Thanks for the continue support and interest in this project.
These are some of our future breeders from PEN #1
They will be bred to chicks from PEN #2 and #3
Silver Partridge
Silver Laced Pullet
for comparison
Not all chicks from PEN #1 were breeding quality.  We will keep only the best to work with.  We will continue to cull
for quality till they are fully mature.  It is not possible to know which ones that will be as chicks.  We will be posting
chicks from pens 2 and 3 shortly for comparison.