how dificult it is to make this color pattern? Has anyone ever tried breeding this pattern without using delewares? Or accedentally mixed breeds that produced barred-columbian? I like delewares. But Im way more interested in the light breeds and thought I would create a delaware patterened light breed ( just another project to play with ). I read that the delawares we have now are the result of the brioler industry crossing barred rock males to new hampshire hens. A small percent of the hybrids produced as described "silver", not sure if thats light barred or silver duckwingish, but were saved for future breeding because the silver pattern made a cleener looking carcass. Those birds were then bred back to new hampshires to produce a silver columbian but with barring in the hackle and tail..... My head hurts thinking about this. It seems kinda complicated. I was wondering if i could use a similar pattern in breeding but leaving reds out of the picture, such as; breeding a barred rooster to silver columbian hen, to produce a much larger percenatge of "silver" birds and then breeding those back into columbian to make the delaware pattern. What do you think. Is there a shortcut?