Ralph those chicks are cute!!
Edited by holm25 - 2/24/16 at 5:30am
That could well be, I think the barring would manifest itself in the tail and primaries before anywhere else. I know in turkeys when trying to determine the genotype we look at the tail and wings for any signing of barring. Barring is different in a turkey than a chicken though.
I do know barring can be "broken" or very faint to see. When I looked at my hens I can see the hackles have something similar to barring but I think when it is on the hackles it is not barring but something else.
Now that we have put 3/4 of the thread to sleep, what else is new?
I have to tell you though, I a far from an expert on this stuff. Jerry is light years ahead of me. Kevin Porter posted an article yesterday on b,b1 and b+ and what it does in turkeys and the possibility they found a new allele on one locus. I read it three times and do not understand it at all. I think it is written for someone with a lot more education than me. It was one of those things that was so hard to read, when the chicks chirped, I had toy yell at them to shut up..
Once you lock up a rainbow hen and see her eggs You should be able to pick theirs out from the other breeds.
I thought about whether the rainbows were barred or not. I decided they weren't that is why I called them Calico. If there is any barring It would be single barring and that would most likely not pass on. to a male chick. I think they need double barring to give it to a male offspring. I am not sure why I am saying that but I recall reading something about it.
I have been studying Turkey Genotypes and what goes where and does what, I have messed up the little I knew about chickens..
Jerry help me, Doesn't single or double barring get linked to the w or z and become sex linked?
Hens are single barred called hemizygous . They only pass the barring to the male chicks . Roosters when double barred pass one copy to the hen chicks and the hen and rooster pass one copy to the male chicks . In breeds like Legbar .
I can't remember which is which in the zw . But in chickens the hen as the zw and decides the sex of chicks by which one see passes on . The rooster has 2 the same not sure if it is zz or ww . Anyway whichever he has is where barring is located .