Barred Rock babies from Delaware Roo over White Rock hen?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Mojo Chick'n, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Heya all - I didn't want to highjack the other barred thread, so I got one of my own.

    I have barred rocks - BUT, I have stopped setting eggs from them, since the hens are under a OEG roo who is getting older and not "hitting" everyone equally. (too much wasted space in the bator).

    I also have an enclosed flock of White Rock and Lt. Brahma hens under a Delaware rooster. I have only been hatching these eggs the last two batches.

    Last batch I got one Barred Rock, this most current batch I got three Barred Rocks. (well, they look like BR, not from BR parents, of course - but otherwise you couldn't tell the difference...)

    Now, I believe I read that Delawares have BR in their history, and paired with a White Rock, would that produce "throwbacks" ?

    It's just very strange.

    meri
     
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Delawares have the columbian gene which restricts barring to certain areas. Your crosses lost the restriction and now the barring is free to express itself. [​IMG]
     
  3. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Quote:I like the chicks - was just surprizing to see them pop out of eggs when all the others are white chicks or white with a little black on them.

    [​IMG] Nature sure is interesting, eh?

    thanks for answering [​IMG]

    meri
     
  4. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    I think it's cool! [​IMG] I like playing with different colors to see what I get from the resulting crosses.
     
  5. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
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    I've got a few barred babies that came from a BR hen and Delaware dad. I find myself wondering what would be the result of breeding them back to a Delaware (the two that are old enough to tell sex both appear to be cockerels, the other just hatched yesterday -- but head spot hints at cockerel). Would it be a way to improve the barring on the Delawares? Questions like that could lead me to becoming the crazy chicken lady for real......... [​IMG]
     

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