Chicken colours...

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

  1. eksterhuis

    eksterhuis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know of any good links about chicken colors and feather patterns, I've had no luck! I want to know my pencilled from my laced, double laced, spangled, splash, mottle, cuckoo and beyond! I sod of get the base colours but it's the patterns that confuse me!
    thanks!
     
  2. ChestnutRidge

    ChestnutRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This links to a PDF with a pretty good article that includes pictures. It only covers spangle-type patterns, though.
    http://www.aviculture-europe.nl/nummers/08E02A05.pdf
    It's a bit tough to view, but you can click on the "view" tab in your browser and zoom out. Then use your up and down keys to scroll down.
     
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  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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  4. AllenWMiller

    AllenWMiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today if you want to study feather patterns just go to Google Images and type in the feather pattern you want an example of.

    Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds and The Complete Encyclopedia of Chickens are good books to have for the learning breeder as well.

    Cheers
     
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Problem with googling is that not all sources will be reliable. The authors of both previously given sources are well-respected and quite knowledgeable.
     
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    big medicine custom Brahmas

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    Some of the newer books out can be a little off. I saw one a year or two back showing a silver penciled hen and it was labeled as double laced. This was one of the newer field guide to breeds type books.
     
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    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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  9. eksterhuis

    eksterhuis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just ordered it! I am a big book fan but being in New Zealand postage is huge! Lucky a friend had given me an amazon book token thing so I managed to get it for US$10 delivered to NZ, rather happy with that! Just the month or so to wait for it to arrive, by then I will have a mottle and a splash pekin (hatching some) and I will hopefully know the difference between those two aready!

    Any other good book recommendations? I would really like to find out more about breeding for colour/physical traits (I would like to very slowly try and breed Ermine Faverolles and other 'new' or 'rare' colours in New Zealand!)
     
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