breeding black undercoat out

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by NewChickenMom, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. NewChickenMom

    NewChickenMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have two red cochins and since its a newer color, i'm still having problems with black showing up in the undercoat and in some of my pullets wing feathers. any ideas on what colors to mix in to get the black out??

    i have pics if need be of my cochins
     
  2. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    No idea, but I'll bump ya up! Good luck!
     
  3. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    that's crazy...I don't know nuthin about breeding, but it's interesting....
     
  4. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The black under color is caused by the E locus gene in your birds. In order to establish a reddish under color, you will have to produce birds that have two wheaten genes at the E locus. If you can find a good buff bird ( good under color) breed the birds to the buff. In the first generation select for undercolor, red color and least amount of black in the wings and tail and breed the siblings. You should get some birds you want in the next generation; that is if you hatch enough eggs.

    Tim
     
  5. NewChickenMom

    NewChickenMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    tim, thank you so much. i will start looking for some buffs!!
     

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