Originally Posted by cassbickford
I am looking for ideas on how this cross would turn out. Last spring I bred a bantam mottled cochin rooster to a bantam mille fleur d'uccle hen. The babies were absolutely adorable. Here is a picture of one of the roosters and one of the hens out of the cross. The hen in this pic is mostly black, but the other hens from this cross all have much more mottling. I now would like to breed back the hens to the rooster and I am wondering what I can expect from mottled cochin/mille fleur d'uccle x mottled cochin/mille fleur d'uccle. Thank you in advance.
This would be a dihybrid cross ( hybrid columbian and hybrid E locus) with all the offspring being mottled and gold (at the silver locus). The greatest percentage of the offspring will be similar to the parents or black and mottled If you hatch 20 or so chicks you may get a mille fleur , a mottled wheaten, and an incomplete mille fleur. The more chicks you hatch increases the odds of getting the last three phenotypes(color patterns).
I am assuming the mottled parent did not carry the columbian gene.
most will be muffed with variable expression and some not muffed
almost all will have various levels of foot feathering. The probabilities of getting non-feathered feet are high. Foot feathering is complicated so that is my best guess.
Edited by Wappoke - 3/26/16 at 5:17am