chocolate color in bantam cochins

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by fairwindminishetland, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. fairwindminishetland

    fairwindminishetland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently saw a posting for eggs from bantam cochins that would give some chicks in a chocolate color...Can any of you experts out there explain how you develop this color? Sounds interesting.
     
  2. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    The easy way would be to find a Chocolate Color bird to start with and breed it into the breed that you want. Like a English Chocolate Orp Roo over a Black Cochin Hen. It would take a few generations but it might work. It might also produce a dun color, Light brown or Khaki.

    Nate
     
  3. Meara

    Meara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also keep in mind there's a difference between being a "chocolate color" and actually carrying the "chocolate color gene". The two don't necessarily go together. It can be a brown colored bird, but not carry the sex-linked chocolate color gene.
     
  4. Reyvaughn

    Reyvaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The question has been answered, but I bought chocolate bantam Orps to breed chocolate bantam Cochins. I don't know how many generations it will take to get the right foot feathering, leg coloring and cushions. It's a project for sure. And if someone is using Seramas, they may be farther from the goal than you think. And they could be khaki/dun based, as stated, and not chocolate.
     

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