Black Cockerel with Gold Flecking

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ClickerChick, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. ClickerChick

    ClickerChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey everybody! I have two black Japanese bantam cockerels that I ordered earlier this year from Murray McMurray hatchery, and they are NOWHERE NEAR the SOP for the breed. Recently the feathers on one of cockerels began to change, and I am curious about the genetics involved.

    The hackle, saddle, and wing bow feathers (basically any of the partially translucent feathers common to cockerels) have recently begun to exhibit gold "flecks". It looks like someone has sprinkled him with some gold dust! Anyone have any ideas about the genetics/cause of these gold flecks?

    Thanks in advance! :) If you would like a picture, I can see if I can get one for you.
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    A picture would definitely be helpful. That being said, being hatchery stock it is no surprise that they are not all that close to the SOP.
     
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  3. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    A hatchery isn't the best place to get birds if you want them to be close to the SOP. A picture would help but it sounds like gold leakage.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    This. I can't explain the genetics like some folks can, but I can say it's common to have these colors come through in birds that haven't been from flocks culled for color. I guess a good comparison would be a Labrador retriever that has excess white on the body. It's against the breed standard and overall a sign of poor quality breeding.
     
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  5. ClickerChick

    ClickerChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yeah, now that my friends and I have found a show that attracts a few good breeders (and we have begun looking up breeders ourselves), we have decided to stop ordering from hatcheries. Before, we had no choice but to order from the hatchery and take a chance with whatever we received in the mail. Now we have more options and a better chance at getting some good quality birds. Some of the hatchery birds that we have received over the years are actually not too far from the standard, but these Japs are just crazy! The breeder is obviously breeding for quantity over quality, like any commercial producer, and is not doing any sort of selective breeding. The female Japs that my friend ordered actually look fairly close to Sumatra bantams! This makes me really want to become a breeder so that I can breed my own show-quality birds!

    Ok, I'll see if I can get a good pic for you in the morning. :)

    BTW, (I have to tell somebody!) I just discovered that chickens have a single claw on each of their wings! Chickens really do come from dinosaurs! [​IMG]
     
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  6. ClickerChick

    ClickerChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here you can clearly see the gold flecking in his hackles.
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    You know, he kind of looks like a slightly oversized OEGB to me... :D
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