In 2014 I came across the Sussex Coronation Lavender Based, at a breeder in the USA, I had to wait at the big gate, a bit further the breeder opened the stable doors, about 50 animals came out of the stable, I was spontaneously in love on the Sussex Coronation Lavender Based. As you may have read, one of the website pages already, contains the opening story.
After deliberation, I wanted to broaden this color further, because it was not present in the EU.
2015 Finally, on October 10, 2015 the first 5 chicks hatched and that after 18 months of searching for hatching eggs, it was really not easy! After that I had to deal with many rules and with many people. I had to join a local Association and the KLN. (Poultry Association the Netherlands). I did it all, so that the new Sussex color Coronation Lavender Based could be added to the Sussex breed in the breed standard.
The first 5 Sussex Coronation Lavender Based chicks in the Netherlands.
2016 When the animals were a few months old, there was a poultry judge who wanted to check the color, to see if it was the right color and that there was no misunderstanding between Lavender Based and Blue Based. This poultry judge indicated very clearly that this was the real Lavender Based color. You can see that, there are small cross stripes in the Coronation Lavender Based.
The small transverse lines in the wing color are difficult to see.
To multiply this color, it had to be done properly. The new animals that i breed, had to have a ring on their leg from the year they were born. I made a pedigree myself, so that I got insight about the bloodlines. Because there was a setback, the first 2 hens i had, died due to a mistake of a vet, who had given the birds wrong medication. It cost me 18 months to come back where i was.
As a result, I had to cross other animals, this could only be done with the Sussex Light, it took me 3 months to find the right hens, to get good results for the Lavender Based color. There were a number of chicks from 2 bloodlines. Fortunately I was able to continue with that.
The Sussex Coronation Lavender Based was going to be registered at an exhibition to have the Lavender Based color recognized. I clearly asked if the responsible board member of the Sussex Association would keep me informed of the application. After a few weeks I asked if the application had been made and send, the answer was "Yes", the application for the Sussex Coronation Lavender Based was send along with the Orpington's, but I did not receive a copy of the message.
I then tried again to get in touch, by e-mail, WhatsApp, texting how it was with the request. It remained silent.
However, I soon found out that the board member of the Sussex Association did not have the application sent to the KLN Standard Committee. The e-mail had to be checked carefully, but the confirmation came, the KLN Standard Committee for the section of Large Fowl chickens, that the application had not been received.
That application had to be received before 1 March 2017, when there was still a few days to go. At that point, I sent an email to the President of the Sussex Association. Within 5 minutes I received a text messages from the board member who should have sent the request. That messages came in by Whats-App. What I got to read in there is not worth repeating.
After a few days I received a confirmation from the KLN-Standard Committee section of large fowl chickens, that the application recognition had been submitted to the KLN Standard Committee for the color Sussex Coronation Lavender Based. Hooray, it could go on!
Later, in March 2017, there was a meeting at the Sussex Association, They asking if anyone wanted to make the club magazine. With my background as a designer, that was no problem. I immediately started updating the layout. Rewriting pieces that came in. Here too, it went wrong again, I did not receive e-mail addresses to send the new club magazine, they still had to be looked up. The June edition then had to become an emergency summer edition. I eventually stop from this position in August, I cannot work with a secretary who does not keep his promises.
I canceled my membership at the Sussex Association and I applied to the KLN Standard Committee for another new color variety, the Sussex Coronation Blue Based.