There was once a buff in the APA standard of perfection, we have recreated a buff that we feel may be similar to the old buff.
Here is some info on the APA buff: The Buff is a historic variety of the mid-Atlantic region named for the beautiful color of its feathers. Though never widespread, it was accepted by the American Poultry Association in 1874 , by the early 1900s this variety had become rare. An obstacle to the Buff’s success was the difficulty of breeding birds to meet the Buff color standard, which called for pure buff coloration throughout with the wings being of a very light shade.
Approx. mature weights: Toms 30 lbs, hens 18
By 1915, the Buff was removed from the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection and ultimately became extinct.
Here is the old APA standard in pdf format
What we have created seems to meet the old buff standard pretty close .
The genotype of our buff is black winged bronze based with brown and red genes.
b1b1eerr (toms), b1b1e-rr (hens) The brown genes dilute the red to a lighter
red (buff), brown also dilutes out the black edging that red birds typically
get. (Especially in the toms) And basically blends into the red so you
cannot see brown in their phenotype.
A true breeding variety
Poults are light yellow downed at hatch.
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