I would like to look at my chickens and see:
Calm, friendly and blue eggs... They could absolutely be parti-colored.
D'uccle, Ameraucana? Which should be the roo?
I would cross Ameraucanas with Breda Fowl. Those 2 breeds have all those things and the Bredas lay white eggs so they won't "contaminate" the blue eggs to green. Getting all those characteristics to show and breed true might be a lot of work. Fixing dominant traits like blue eggs is harder than the recessive traits because the recessives (like white eggs) can hide and pop up later. Egg color is particularly challenging because it never shows in the males at all.
I think I'd concentrate most on getting the Breda traits to show (feathered legs and vulture hocks) because crossing back to Ams will be easier to manage, and they are a lot more common.
THANKS TO YOU ALL!!!
My 16 babies moved happily and healthily to the coop yesterday! I have learned so much from following the discussions in this thread and in others over several years that I felt somewhat prepared for the peeps when they arrived. They are 3 1/2 weeks old and we moved them from their stock tank brooder to their hen house - which will be their brooder until we get the roof on the run next weekend (need. more. weekends!) Their EcoGlow went with them - although the warm streak that we're going to be in this week probably makes that a non-issue.
My family knows that if they can't find me, I'm with my girls, and my husband thinks I"m nuts for plopping myself down cross-legged on the floor of the hen house to talk to the ladies. Oh well, at least he knows where I am, and there are plenty of leftovers from Memorial Day picnics to keep him fed for a few days .
Thanks again to you all for being so generous in sharing your experience and your knowledge! And thanks for reading this...not too many people I know "get" how easy it is to get totally wrapped up in my chickens!, I know that you all do!
Agreed, their combs say male.