Originally Posted by notinoz2007
actually my favorite is the one in the picture drinking, she has the black spots on her. i only have 3 that look like they'll show black spots, and hers are the best display. are you looking for black in your genetics? i might keep her and not consider her an aloha if not, lol. i thought you might think marshmallow has too much white, i agree, almost all his back and probably all his tail feathers will be white. snow has pinkish legs but if we breed him with pecky peckerson who has great color and yellow legs maybe we'll get some good turn out?
The hen in that picture, drinking, is just STUNNING! And she doesn't have too much black at all, some darker color is just fine.
Oh, and about the black coloration . . . it's not that black is "bad" but it just has a tendency to overwhelm. So just be careful not to pick the darkest rooster in the bunch, or all the chicks will end up darker and you'll lose your reds and golds color variations, because black pigment is dominant over red. Notice how all my half-Sussex babies look exactly like pure Sussex in color? All their moms are Alohas, and umm, NONE are dark. So that color came 100% from the Sussex roo in that breeding pen I set up! And I had him over some of my LIGHTEST colored buff hens!!! He still overwhelmed their color . . . TOTALLY!
Check this out, here is the breeding pen:
And here is a baby of his:
HMMM. So, who do the babies look like? The light tan and buff hens? NOPE. Just like their daddy!
Isn't that WEIRD???
So if you pick a dark rooster, his color will be stronger than the lighter hens. Which is why I'm growing out THIS rooster:
By the way, does Marshmallow have yellow legs? I guess you'll just have to grow the most promising ones out for a bit, and see how the other factors like body size, leg color, and comb shape factor into the mix overall.
Oh, I can't wait! I have 10 baby chicks on special order at the feed store, 5 Buff Rocks and 5 New Hampshire Red purebreds. Already the babies (like this guy) are way bigger than my last generation, but with a few more Rock and NHR hens in the mix, should see another round of size improvement. I do think in one year the size issue is going to be all taken care of.
Weird note - the Cheeto babies all started out pretty much the same size, but now I can see more. Three are very clearly smaller in size! And about three are extra-jumbo in size. The rest are all robust but right in-between the two extremes. Exactly, perfectly, as you'd expect to see in a "big-to-little" chicken cross like this. Interesting to see this genetics stuff in action . . . .