Would someone be able to answer a question for me? Please and thank you. :)
I have a chocolate cuckoo orp that I am thinking about breeding to my solid hens. I think he is double barred (?). What would the chicks look like? Would they be barred versions of each color or some sort of mix? I have Genetics of the Fowl sitting next to me, but don't feel like straining my brain tonight. My hens are chocolate, lavender, red and buff. I also have a jubilee, but can't imagine what sort of mix that would produce.
First of all, its hard to tell from the picture whether its single barred or double. I am leaning towards single barred because of the solid choc feathers in the tail.
Here will be the results if you have him with:
1. Single Barred x Chocolate:
Half the chicks will be barred and half will be solid chocolate. They will not be sex-linked.
2. Single Barred x Lavender:
It will be a sex-linked cross. Pullets will be chocolate or chocolate cuckoo and will be split for lavender whereas cockerels will be black or black cuckoo and split for lavender as well as chocolate
3. Single Barred x Red:
I believe that the results will be the same as above in terms of looks. What would lie underneath the apparent color, maybe an expert can answer.
4. Single Barred x Buff:
Again the same results as 2 and 3 above in terms of appearance.
5. Single Barred x Jubilee:
I believe half the chicks will be white of which the cockerels will be split to chocolate. 25% of chicks would be black cockerels split to chocolate and remaining 25% some sort of chocolate laced red or gold pullets
So if you want to keep track of their genetics. You will have to track the hens and see which eggs are laid by which hen and then separate them in the incubator in a shrimp or onion bag so that when they hatch you can tag them accordingly.
Edited by Junibutt - 3/5/16 at 12:05am