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Cock sets the color?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by coppahed, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. coppahed

    coppahed Out Of The Brooder

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    If this is true, my Buff Chantecler roo crossed w/Dominigue hens will produce buff pullets and barred cockerels? And sex-link? With cushion combs? Does all that sound right?
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    No.


    Even in a sex-linked scenario both contribute color, the barring is the only thing that goes one way. You'll get mostly black birds in both genders, yes the males will be barred, but not much "buff" color. Buff, the true solid Buff, is genetically a whole bag of traits, and when crossed with a simple Barred bird just makes blacks with hints of varying degrees of brown/gold color on the breast and neck. You'd need a Crele colored hen or Barred Wheaten hen to get Sex-Links with a Buff-like color, but then that makes the chicks hard to sex because their down color is so light.
     
  3. coppahed

    coppahed Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay. The offspring would be mostly black. But they would still sex-link? Males w/white spot on head, females solid black on head? And mature males would be barred?
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Yep.


    The females will hatch out with a slight brown head or a mostly brown body though, they'll vary, but still are sex-linked. [​IMG]
     
  5. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    so is barring the dominant trait? i heard if u take a bird with slate legs and lets just say hes red, and cross it with a barred hen. the offspring will come out with white legs and most barred or black in color. is that true?
     
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Barring is indeed dominant. If the rooster was barred, all the offspring will be. But barring is also sex-linked, so if the hen was but not the rooster, then only the roosters will be in the offspring.

    Leg color would only change based on both parents and yes plumage too. Barring often dilutes leg color. From black to yellow w/black hints, slate to a lighter slate, verging on white, and willow to yellow.
     
  7. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:red/slate legs and white skin male X black/ barred hen dusky yellow legs = males black some red in hackles /barred dusky white to very light blue legs
    females black with red on breast with black legs to dark slate legs


    The amount of red the offspring express is dependent on the genes in the parents. Could be very little to quit a bit.


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