Originally Posted by SarahMay
Is it unusual for a blue wheaten cockerel to have a white head at 8 weeks? if he bred to true females would the chances of the chicks coming out proper be 50%?
So I've learned "wild type" birds come from crossing two purebred ameraucana's that don't colour match... like black with wheaten.. 50% of the chicks will end up brown wild and the roosters get a whole lot of white. They are purebred, but they are not to standard and if bred they pass this "wild" easily.
Black crossed with wheaten will make black. Black is pretty dominant.
I am not sure how many times you would have to cross out to different breeds before the wild type coloring showed up in chicks, but it is more than once.
I have a Black Ameraucana cockerel over some Ameraucanas as well as a bunch of other breed hens.
The Black Ameraucana cockerel over:
White Leghorn = white chick that grows up white with a few black feathers
Dark brown Leghorn = either a black chick that grows up black
Or A black chick with a brown wash over the face that grows up black with some brown stippling in wing feathers
Black Leghorn = duh, all black
Bright red/mutt hen = black chick, grows up to be black
Dominique (cuckoo pattern) = male chicks are black with a white spot on their head and grow up to by cuckoo, and female chicks hatch black and grow up to be black.
I have standard sized Black Ameraucana and then Bantam Wheaten... Not sure about the white head... But I don't really pay attention to their coloring at 8 weeks. Wheaten go through color changes before they are done.