I am working on a project where the goal is a mille fluer pattern. I am helping out a few others who started the project and got my chicks from one of them. Here's the trouble: Most of my cockerals have come out with stripes. All of the ones who have the right colors or body type have stripes as well as all the ones who have the nice spots we want. Some didn't start to show barring until a few weeks ago, and on many it is subtle (and only on saddle and hackle feathers). None of their parents were barred, and non of my pullets are barred. So how much barring makes a chicken barred? How dominant is this trait- can a roo with a few striped neck feathers still be ok for the project when the goal is mottling? Is there anything else I should know about this? These boys are super pretty and 3 of them would be excellent for the project if they weren't barred. So can you tell me if they are barred? Here's pics of my barred chickens: Cuckoo Stripes Big Bluetail Nameless Easter I know only the first two really look barred, but the other boys have stripes too, they are just faint. If I can I would like to use Nameless, Easter, and Big Bluetail for the project.