Black Bantam Cochin... not all black, whats up?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Sock Puppet, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Grumpy Hen

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    This is Gizmo. She was born March 12 this year. Her parents were both black. They do have barred in their background way back. She has white feathers and then some barring on her foot feathers and some on her leg as well.

    Im curious if she will end up being splotchy/random white. What do you all think? I realize that the barring isnt everywhere so wonder if she might molt and come in with more or what.

    Not sure how barring works.

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    Im super curious!
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Looks more like mottled to me but I'm no expert on Cochins. I will say things pop up in Blacks or any breed, it just happens. My two cents.
     
  3. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Grumpy Hen

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    Thank you [​IMG] I guess I will play the waiting game.
     
  4. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    a lot of black chicks have white in there feathers un till there final molt, an example is the black langshans, they keep there white untill final molt, its normal
     
  5. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Grumpy Hen

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    Quote:Oh, that makes since. I was going to breed the Bantam Cochin's in black, so as long as the white goes away, its all good.
     
  6. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    What kind of comb does she/he have? It looks like a rose comb in the first picture.
     
  7. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Grumpy Hen

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    Quote:It looks kind of broad but its a straight comb.
     
  8. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

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    I know a lot of top black cochin breeders throw white into their lines ever so often to sharpen the black. I don't know if this can throw a chick like this ever so often ?

    As fo it "going away" ...I have mottled chicks that hatched like that ...very splotchy then it turns to mottling. I also breed black rosecombs. They hatch with a bit of white sometimes... all the time at the tip of their wings. It even comes back later in life if they've been stressed out... That's why they call them stress feathers.
    (chased by a dog will do it, moving to a new home, etc.)

    You'll just have to wait and see. How far back is the barring gene? If it's only been a few or even 6 generations, I could see where you'd have crosses popping back up.
     
  9. DiVon80

    DiVon80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blacks do that and as they age it goes away.
     
  10. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Grumpy Hen

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    Quote:The breeder I got them from said that every once in awhile she gets barred chicks. But this one didnt come in barred but has the white, so I was really curious.

    She didnt say how far back though.
     

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