Originally Posted by valleychicks
I have been thinking these are his parents too but the black is throwing me off. I figure he got the white earlobes and the colorful feathering from the dad and the height from mom. He is as tall as our oldest Buckeye rooster and walks just like him. I can't remember if I said that there have been at least 3 separate hatches with roosters that look like him. I have another one that looks just like him only 3 weeks younger. I gave my neighbor some eggs back in February and he hatched one that looks like them too so that makes 3. He is not aggressive at all and takes care of 6 hens. Could the black come from the past BB Red and the daddy Game rooster some how. I just reaching now.
Back in April we drove over to a farm just outside Columbia SC and picked up a dozen eggs that were supposed to be all Buckeye. The people had separated their breeds and waited 30 days to start waiting on pure eggs. Not sure what happened but out of the 12 eggs we had 2 Buckeye pullets, 3 Buckeye Roosters, 1 pullet that is a result of their Australorp rooster over a Buckeye hen (she is a big beautiful girl) and 2 that look like Buckeyes (1 male, 1 female) but they have straight combs so I think maybe a RIR rooster over a Buckeye hen. All of the eggs came from the Buckeye pen nest boxes so I at least know that the hens were Buckeye. When I let the lady know about the ones that were not pure she apologized. I told her not to worry she had no way of knowing that had happened. We found the farm through the conservancy website. I checked with her this weekend and their farm was messed up with all the flooding but the animals were all ok.
It doesn't sound like this breeder did a very good job at keeping their pens separated, regardless of what she told you. After 3-weeks, the eggs should have been 'clean' and at a month, most definitely. So, they should be sorry.
As for the single combs on your ones looking like Buckeyes, that is quite possible to have since some lines produce single combs where somewhere that line had RIR added in, usually for color because body type is different between the two breeds. I would suspect yours with the pea combs could carry a single comb gene that is masked by the dominant pea comb gene. If you are trying to breed pure, get rid of the single combs from the breeding stock.
If you really want to know where the cockerel came from, you will need to breed each rooster with each hen, track which eggs are which and see what happens.
When I look at the cockerel in question though, if you look closely at how the comb fits to the head, it is more indicative of a rose comb than a pea comb to attach back in that manner this one has, and is brought to what appears to me a more pointed shape than rounded as you would or should see from a pea comb. Since a rose comb is dominant over a single, the offspring would inherit the rose.