Mottled/Spangled Orpingtons - Page 31
You could use Black Orpingtons, or Blue, or Chocolate or even Buff though it would be a bit more complicated than the others to produce Buff Mottled birds.
Anyways, crossing a Mottled parent to say a Black/Blue/Chocolate will produce all solid colored offspring, however all of the offspring with be recessively carrying the mottling gene. Some of the offspring may appear to have a few mottled feathers but after their juvenile molts they should become a solid color completely.
Once the offspring matures you have 2 options, depending on what your goal is. IF you are trying to create a Mottled Orpington then you need to select the offspring with WHITE skin, as Orpingtons are a white skinned breed. The easiest way to discern skin color is to look at the soles of a birds feet. You should also take into consideration Orpington type. So select whichever birds appear to have white skin and the best type according to the Orpington SOP and breed them together. A percentage of their offspring will then be born with 2 "copies" of the mottled gene and will appear visually Mottled into adulthood. You can then continue breeding these birds, outcrossing them to pure Orpingtons in order to produce a bird that breeds more true to the Orpington SOP. The issue with outcrossing to a Java is the yellow skin. Yellow skin is recessive to white skin and can "hide" in a bird until 2 birds are bred together who both have the gene, then it can "unexpectedly" pop up and become a real problem if you don't keep good breeding records.
Your second option would be IF you are trying to just create a pretty Mottled bird, regardless of skin color or Standards. Breed the offspring of the original cross (Java X Orpington) back to their Mottled Java father. This will produce a larger number of Mottled chicks in the next generation. However you will not be able to call these chickens pure breed Javas or Orpingtons. If you don't care about breed standards though then this is probably your best route.
There are Mottled Orpingtons in the US now, some from imported lines and others that were created here using only Orpingtons. It may be easier to just purchase a single Mottled bird from a breeder to start your project, unless of course you don't mind breeding and culling multiple generations to produce your own line of Mottled Orpingtons. The decision is yours, good look in your efforts either way.
I've started my own line of mottled orpingtons! By pure accident of course. Buff orpington mom and mottled java dad! I know I will now have to breed babies to father, but my chicks are adorable and look exactly like mottled orpington chicks should!
does anyone else out there have some lavender mottled breeding stock available? I have two quads that I am working with but i would love to bring in some new blood. There were some beautiful birds pictured earlier on this thread but I can't imagine what ever happened to them. Does anyone have any information on other breeders out there working on the lavender mottled orps??
I see this post was 3yrs ago but I hatched some eggs this spring and I have a MS Orp roo and I'm hoping to order some eggs so I will have some hens for him this summer. I have some Buff hens that I may put him with just for my own flock. I absolutely love his coloring, he is so very gentle and friendly. What a wonderful breed!