Do not use columbian IF black tail buffs(same thing as buff columbian) are available. They are the same genetic make up, the "columbian" in wyandottes and rocks are simply black tail buffs with the silver gene added.
Using a columbian would be deliberately throwing in an extra unwanted gene(silver) if a buff columbian is available.. but is understandable if BTF/buff columbian is not available in the first place. Apparently black tail buff wyandottes didn't exist or are quite uncommon.. in that case all you need is to remove the silver and presto, black tail buff.
Also be aware if you want brighter buff, use wheaten(buff orpingtons, black tail buff turkens etc). If you like darker buff with grayish down at feather base then partridge is the way to go.
I didn't think of everything before I posted this.
I wasn't thinking of the Buff (hatchery) Turkens. Some reason I was thinking about the color of the Buff Brahmas. I didn't want to use feather legged birds, but that color. The dark stripes at the back if the neck area. Well if Turkens were fully feathered then it would be there. I just didn't think ahead.
It would be a good project though if someone wanted to create that color in a breed of chickens that it doesn't exist.
The buff Columbian ( black tailed buff) are getting harder to come by. A lot if the hatcheries are breeding to more colors than ever and that and the classic red are less and less coming in the batches they send out.
Okay the Columbian Rocks that Yard full o' rocks bred from Light Brahmas, are they the silver then. That is the line that Cackle is now carrying.
Is the Wyandotte (Columbian) not based on silver then?
With the current inventory diwn here due to a the predators, I'm looking around for the right colors to get my calico NN going better.
Spangled, Buff Columbian, mottled, etc.
Hey what do you think about adding some mottled java blood. Do young think that the body type is too wrong for a NN?
Edited by draye - 10/13/15 at 10:47pm