Okay, with the purchase of some land to homestead on, I want to start working on developing an heirloom breed for the family. I want a bearded, pea or rose combed, autosexing, brown egg laying bird. My plan was to cross up a salmon faverolles cock on a dominique hen. The resulting cock would be bred to a salmon faverolles hen. According to the chicken calculator this would give me 1/16 barred salmon birds. Hopefully one of these offspring will have a rose comb and beard.
Why not just keep a flock of something already available you may ask? I think a bearded bird would fair the winters better without big hanging wattles. Rose combs are preferred for the same reason over single combs. Brown eggs are just more appealing to me, and definitely to the local clientele that buys farmed eggs. Lastly, I think barred autosexing birds will be a lot easier to deal with as dual purpose birds; being able to separate future laying hens and future capons from day one.
Does anyone have a picture of a barred salmon chicken? It's not a pattern I can recall seeing, although I don't know if there is another name for it (like crele = barred bbr).
Are there any other crossings that could result in a chicken with the same features in the same number of generations? I'm not particular on this crossing, it just seems like the one that will give me everything I want in two seasons.