Color Genetics Question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by cmchickens, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. cmchickens

    cmchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to know what color chicks I can expect. I have eggs hatching right now, all of the chicks will be mixed breeds. My rooster is a Black Orpington. My hens are various other breeds, including Buff Orpingtons, Easter Eggers, White Rocks, Red-Sex Link, Cuckoo Marans, Sliver Laced Wyandotte. So far, 5 chicks have hatched and they are all black with yellowish bellies. Is Black a dominate color? Should I expect all my chicks to be black? Thanks for your help!
     
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  3. Spangled

    Spangled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Black is quite dominant over most colors if the birds are all purebreds. If you use one of the chicks from this flock, even if black, you have a greater chance of other colors next time.

    Buff eggs will hatch out black.

    Easter Eggers: Most will be black or blue unless one of your hens is white. If the hens have gray feathers, then blue is a possibilityin their chicks. Sometimes you can't tell blue on the chicks because it looks black for a while.

    White Rocks: Could be white w/tiny bit black flecks if the hens are pure dominant white. If they don't carry dominant white, but instead carry recessive white, you could get barred or other stuff, depends on how the breeder bred the white rocks. White Rocks can have both recessive and dominant white.

    Red-Sex Link: It depends on the breeds used to make the red sexlinks. If your red sexlinks have whitish tipped tails, then some of your chicks could be white or white with little black flecks. If the tails of your red sexlinks are red with black tips, then you'll probably have black chicks.

    Cuckoo Marans: Black or barred (cuckoo). Barring won't show up for almost a week, though you may get a white spot on the head at hatch???

    Silver Laced Wyandotte: Black

    That should give you some idea since your chicks are hatching as I type, though I could be wrong on the finer points.

    Happy hatching!
     
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  4. cmchickens

    cmchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much! I love genetics, but can't for the life of me understand them. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question!
     
  5. Spangled

    Spangled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, 5 black chicks. What else???? Was I correct or incorrect? Congrats on your chicks, btw.
     
  6. cmchickens

    cmchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    15 chicks total, and they are all black. Heres a picture of a couple of them, they all look pretty much the same. I didn't notice any with a spot on their heads. But there are some under a broody I haven't gotten a good look at yet.

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  7. Spangled

    Spangled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look healthy! Thanks for reply.
     
  8. englishcockers

    englishcockers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    White Rocks are usually Recessive White over Barred Black. Not Dominant White. White leghorns are dominant White.
    I would expect Male Chicks to be barred from your rocks. They (the males) should have a white spot on the head at hatch
     

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