A question on mottling

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Georgia Boy 1970, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. I have a rooster that is not mottled but one of his parents were,now if I bred this rooster to a mottled hen, what percentage of my chicks would be mottled?
  2. saladin

    saladin Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    the South
    At least 50% should be. You'll find that genetics are not as clearcut as some make it seem. There are varying degrees at which the mottling will show. On some it might be three or four feathers tipped in white; on others it will be such that you'll never know one or the parents was black.
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Sometimes mottling will show on juvenile feathers of birds with only one copy. There is a 50/50 chance for each bird from that breeding to be mottled.
  4. Thanks
    I have a frizzle polish rooster that is 1/2 tolblunt 1/2 golden laced. I got him to go with my polish hens for a mixed color polish flock. I thought about putting him with a spangled/mottled game hen to see how many mottled chicks I get.

    RAREROO Crowing

    Jul 22, 2009
    Alapaha, Ga
    Quote:X2. Yep I've had a few het. Mottled birds to carry light breast mottling for several months.

    But of the cross in your question, you would get half carrying one copy and may show some mottling, and the other half will be pure mottled and should show it well and retain it permenantly.

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