I am very interested in learning more about the color genetics associated with a barred rock rooster. I am new to chicken genetics, but have studied dog color genetics quite a bit. We unexpectedly ended up with a barred rock roo. We have several breeds of hens, including RIR, Buff Orp, and Black Austrolorp. I am wondering what kinds of things will happen with these crosses? Also, will we end up with any sex-linked colors? From what I understand Black Stars involve a barred rock hen with a RIR rooster, what happens when the sex of the two breeds switches? Lastly, we have a hen that we know for sure the father was a barred rock, can you tell what the mother is just by looking at her, or is it too variable? Here she is: She has an almost cinnamon tinge to her white feathers across her back, plus some cinnamon speckles, and then the black feathers in her wings and tail. Thank you for helping me learn more about this. Are there any books on chicken color genetics?