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Black Rooster

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jhamblin, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. jhamblin

    jhamblin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If a black rooster is bred to any color hen, other than dominant white, will the outcome be all black chicks?
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    No.

    It depends on the color bred to. Most cases the chicks will turn out black with red/yellow faces or brown. Some may even be slightly striped, it depends. And of course, - dun, khaki, blue, splash, barred, or other seriously dominant traits will turn the entire bird. Buff x black will give brown chicks who grow to be mostly brownish gold marked with black.

    It really all depends what you're breeding him to, and if he's truly a solid extended black.
     
  3. jhamblin

    jhamblin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am inhering a flock, and the rooster is Black and the hens appear to be a RIR, golden comet, possibly a welsummer hen (if not it sure looks like one) a buff ameraucana (I think, but she has no beard) with some black specks on the neck (very few) and an ameraucana who is Looks like a she has some silver penciling with some brown leakage on her chest.. kinda curious what the offspring would look like.
     
  4. jhamblin

    jhamblin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone have any input?
     
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    The "buff" Ameraucana (sounds like an Easter Egger) will give you either black offspring with orange leakage, or half orangey brown, half black mottled/pencilled birds, depending on if she's a true buff with unwanted black or just a Wheaten or Duckwing w/columbian.

    The other "Ameraucana" will just give you black birchen-esque colored birds, the males will have white and red leakage, females will have brown leakage at the neck. Some might be pure black (the females)

    The Sex-Link will either pass on white birds or birds who are mostly black. Males may have some reddish or orange coloration in the neck/wings

    The Welsummer will pass on birds that look like brown-reds/gold birchens. Mostly black females with likely orangey reddish necks, males with orangey-reddish necks, wings, saddle.

    The RIR will do the same but likely with more coloration than the Welsummer crosses.


    If the rooster is carrying a silver gene or two, you may also have offspring with white/silver leakage instead of orangey-brown.


    Most of your chicks will be born either black or black with brown/yellow faces. The "buff ameraucana" offspring may be born quite brown looking though, like an adorable fuzzy brownie bite.


    ETA - If any chicks are born yellow w/striping or light brown w/striping or a nice bright yellow in general, you likely have a rooster carrying recessive Wheaten, Duckwing,or Partridge. You'd notice it in his hackle or saddle though if you inspect his color closely.

    Your Sexlink will indeed throw some white chicks though, so if pale white or yellow chicks are born and feather out white or yellow for more than a week, that's the Sexlink/Comet's chicks,
     
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  6. jhamblin

    jhamblin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, Great!!! Thanks for the info!!
     

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