Calling all genetic guru's!!! Harlequin Orpington!!!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by laken29, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. laken29

    laken29 Hatching

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    I would like to start a project of my own and attempt to produce a large fowl English Orpington as seen in the picture below. I am new to genetics and quite honestly don't understand one bit. I'm looking for guidance in the color combinations required to produce a bird similar. Note not familiar with genetic formulas so if you could respond in colors I would greatly appreciate it:) Thanks in advance!
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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    It looks like a splash to me. I've never heard the term harlequin with chickens. Splash is a result of breeding dilute black birds and there are already black/blue/splash Orps.
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    I'm wondering if the OP is from another country instead of hte US. Sometimes their variety names are different. Anyways, I agree that it looks splash
     
  4. rainbowrooster

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    I googled this variety of Orpington after looking at them on Feathersite. Laken29, you will need to learn some basic feather color genetics for this one. The United Orpington Club has 2 threads about Harlequin Peckings (bantam Cochins) but they are red based birds. Those red based Harlequins were "accidentally" created by using varieties that don't exist in Orpingtons. Go to the UOC site and get in contact with Jon Alden. Jon may be able to explain how you could make this variety and who may have project birds that you could use.
     
  5. jzfloorman

    jzfloorman In the Brooder

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    [​IMG] Harlequin Chick, I am working on this currently.[​IMG]
     
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  6. CreoleChick29

    CreoleChick29 In the Brooder

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    Very nice! Would you be willing to share the genetics behind this beauty? I would like to get a breeding trio of my own are you selling at this time?
     
  7. OnlyOrps

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    Interesting. The top bird doesn't look like any splash I've ever seen. I have a few mottleds that look like this...
     
  8. CreoleChick29

    CreoleChick29 In the Brooder

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    I don't believe splash is involved in producing harlequin but I'm no genetic expert.
     
  9. jzfloorman

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    #HarlequinOrpington [​IMG][/IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2015
  10. jzfloorman

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    [​IMG] #Harlequin Orpington
     
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