Quote: You need to buy the book "The Genetics of Chicken Colors, The Basics". It is a great help with these Duckwing colors. I had Duckwing from Bob's T's Carlson line. They hatched out Golden Duckwing, no Golden Salmon. Lynnrae has been breeding duckwing Marans for circa a decade. Alecia got some of her Silver Duckwing from me. She has been dedicated to the duckwings for quite a while now. You need to be very careful about letting melanizers creep into your flock. Melanin is a very "sticky" gene and very tough to breed out. See post number 5, the 5th and 6th birds. They are melanized. See the blacker spots scattered about their plumage? Cannot use them. If you do, you will get a spangled Mille fleur effect and have to cull the chicks. ( been there, seen that). There are not hypostatic genes in Golden Salmon. There is only the Silver gene modifying Silver Salmon. Every other gene ruins the palette. Karen P.S. There is also a section on Golden Salmon in the Premium area of the Marans of America Club. There is an International Commission for Golden and Silver Salmon established by the French Marans Club. You can join it for free and use Google Translator to read the info and communicate with them.