I too was thinking how great he looked!
the Blackest Ones: on exploring the significance of Cemani mutations - Page 34
This young pullet was another of my first crossings to my Araucana hens, yellow skinned. This pullet's sire is a "cull" Cemani. Pale grey skin, white mouth, several white toenails, white ear lobes, mulberry wattles, silver neck and saddle hackles......the mother of this chick is a silver duckwing Araucana. Yellow skinned, bright red face, wattles/ear lobes/comb. Not gypsy faced...nothing to suggest black.
The chick's skin is darker than the Cemani sire's. Even some black in the mouth and the tip of the tongue is black.
I believe that it is possible, that there are genes that can enhance fibro as well as inhibit fibro. I have to wonder if the poor quality Cemani rooster has something that inhibits the expression of the black? And the hen did not have that, or she had something to enhance it? I haven't figured it out yet. The roo is directly from Toni Marie. I know that some breeders have crossed TM lines to GFF and gotten better chicks. There has to be a reason.......
I have been watching on FB at the crosses people are making and wondering if there are certain breeds that express more?
edited to add that this pullet and the above chicks I posted are all from the same pairing.
im curious, she lay blue eggs or is the cemani white egg dominant?
Yes, they would help........sumatrans have the gypsy face gene.........that bred to a fibro would enhance the facial to be very dark, but body not so much yet...........but once a bird is double does of fibro and gypsy face, then now we're talking a black everything bird.......lol.........well that is my understanding anyway
that is so interesting to know . I truly did not know. I honestly would prefer a pea comb smallest of all combs right. what are your thoughts on the black quechua olmecs?