Anyone crossed an Australorp with an Ancona?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by AustralorpsAU, May 22, 2016.

  1. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wondering if anyone has ever crossed an Australorp with an Ancona? Some pics would be great if anyone has any? Thanks
     
  2. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ohh and what colour egg? White or Brown
     
  3. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anybody genetically know what the result would be from crossing a blue Australorp cockerel with an Ancona would make?
     
  4. bramblefir

    bramblefir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You would get blue and black chicks that carry a mottling gene. Egg color would probably be a pale brown/tinted.
     
  5. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for replying. So the original offspring wouldn't be mottled but it their offspring would be mottled correct?
     
  6. bramblefir

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    Correct. Mottling is a recessive, so it requires 2 genes (1 from each parent) to show. Sometimes chicks that are split to mottling (have 1 mottled and 1 non-mottled gene) will have a few white spots in their juvenile plumage that molt out when they get their adult plumage. You could cross the offspring (F1) from the original cross together and get 25% Mottled, 50% Split to Mottled, and 25% Non-Mottled. Crossing one of the F1 birds back over the Mottled parent would yield 50% Mottled and 50% Split to Mottled.

    Are you starting a Mottled Australorp project? If so, I would recommend using a Mottled Orpington instead of the Ancona. Orpingtons and Australorps are very closely related and have similar type. It would be a bit less work to prefect the shape of a Mottled Australorp if you used the Orp.
     
  7. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No i was not going to do a project but i just have one Ancona in with all my Aussies so just wondering! Mottled Australorp would be pretty cool though! Thanks so much
     
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