Cochin color/genetics question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by UGAchick, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. UGAchick

    UGAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need some help from the experts:

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    Ignore my two spectacular mutts in the background.

    I am pretty sure that this is a cochin (he was a packing peanut with a friends shipment). Obviously I know that he is frizzled. My questions are as follows:

    1. What color is he?

    I am thinking of setting up a nice breeder coop for just him and some lady friends.
    2. What color offspring will he produce when bred with other cochins?
    3. About how many lady friends should I keep with him in order to have good fertility in the eggs and to keep everyone happy?

    Thank you!!!
     
  2. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    he is blue [​IMG]
    I would breed him to smooth feathered hens
    You could pair him with blue, black or splash hens.
    I would say 6 hens,
     
  3. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    he is cute.
     
  4. UGAchick

    UGAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much!! I was thinking he was blue, but wasn't sure.

    Yes, I understand why I must only have smooth hens. If I breed him to blue, black, or splash, what are the babies going to look like? I know there is some genetic formula here, but I don't know it [​IMG]
     
  5. WA4-Hpoultrymom

    WA4-Hpoultrymom Never enough coops...

    Feb 5, 2009
    Monroe, WA
    My Coop
    Blue doesn't breed true, so this is the chart to use. Please note that this chart is based on hatching out 100 chicks at a time, so your percentages may be off if you are hatching smaller amounts:

    Blue X Blue = 50% Blue, 25% Black, 25% Splash
    Blue X Splash = 50% Blue, 50% Splash
    Blue X Black = 50% Blue, 50% Black
    Splash X Black = 100% Blue
    Black X Black = 100% Black
    Splash X Splash = 100% Splash
     
  6. iluvmychicks

    iluvmychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do I see a few white feathers on the tips?? If so then he's most likely carrying mottled, which would make him blue mottled:)

    Shari
     
  7. UGAchick

    UGAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mottled?? Oh boy! I need to go look more closely. I think it may just look that way in the picture though.

    So if he is blue. What color is she (blueish one in the middle):
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    She is part of a mixed cochin bunch from Ideal. She is LF (so won't be breeding with my bantam roo, right?). I was thinking that she was blue, but she is quite a bit lighter than the roo.
     
  8. WA4-Hpoultrymom

    WA4-Hpoultrymom Never enough coops...

    Feb 5, 2009
    Monroe, WA
    My Coop
    I would say she is blue too. Blue's can come in lighter and darker shades of blue.
     

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