New to this forum and to chickens in general. Here is a picture of my barred roo about 4 months old. He was sold to me as a 3 week old Plymouth Rock "hen" at a large open air market here in Hungary where I work. I bought him with two other chicks that did turn out to be hens. I believe they were clutchmates, but nothing is for certain, I didn't watch the eggs get laid. My question is about his genetics and parents. I have read about gold "leakage" in BR's that are Ss+ or s+s+. He appears to be Bb as he does not have the light narrow barring of a BB. If his two siblings are also barred, then I can assume his father was barred. One of the hens shows some gold in her hackles, the other not a trace. So I might assume one is S and the other s+. So does that mean that dad was likely Ss+? I am also trying to figure out his E allele as he has no gold in his wing triangle. Would an EE Ss+ show this much gold, or can I assume that he carries ER/e+ birchen because he shows no gold on the wing triangle? I know real world chicken color genetics aren't as clean as the theory, but if anyone has any experience with barred cross roos, I'd really appreciate it. Any clue what breed the mom, might have been? It's possible both were barred rocks carrying gold and birchen, but that seems a little unlikely. Seems more like a cross. Any suggestions would be great.